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Chicago lawyer convicted of boosting scheme to con condo lenders among 16 disciplined by IL Sup. Ct.

Jonathan Bilyk Nov. 22, 2017, 6:06pm

A Chicago real estate lawyer convicted of defrauding banks for allegedly boosting a scheme to con mortgage lenders out of $1.5 million in loans on behalf of sham condo purchasers, has been suspended from practicing law in Illinois, one of 16 lawyers disciplined this month by the Illinois Supreme Court.

Illinois Department of Transportation accused of discrimination

Louie Torres Oct. 11, 2017, 4:30am

A former employee is suing the Illinois Department of Transportation for alleged discrimination, retaliation and wrongful termination.

Rauner seeks court guidance on what to do with illegally hired patronage workers in wake of special report

Jonathan Bilyk May 2, 2017, 9:04pm

In the wake of a scathing report from a court-appointed “special master” empowered to investigate political hiring abuses under former Gov. Pat Quinn, Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan and other state officials and lawmakers, current Gov. Bruce Rauner has asked for the court’s guidance on whether those improperly hired, thanks to political connections, should now be able to use collective bargaining agreements to leverage the experience they gained in those positions to land in different positions or even move up in the state’s employment ranks.

Sons of motorists killed in Willow Springs hydroplane crash sue county, village for not fixing ditch

Louie Torres Mar. 8, 2017, 2:54pm

The sons of two motorists who were killed in a car accident after their vehicle skidded off a Cook County road are suing several county and state government agencies for allegedly failing to remedy a known road hazard and alert drivers to the dangerous conditions.

Federal judge expands power of 'Special Master' to review state agency political hiring practices

Scott Holland Nov. 30, 2016, 11:27pm

More than two years into an investigation of hiring practices at the Illinois Department of Transportation, a federal judge has expanded the power of the review panel to cover all other state agencies under the oversight of Illinois' governor.

Federal jury orders IDOT to pay Muslim worker $1.5M for discrimination, retaliatory firing

Dan Churney Oct. 11, 2016, 1:25pm

A Chicago federal jury has ordered the Illinois Department of Transportation to pay more than $1.5 million for discriminating against a former employee who is Muslim and firing him in retaliation for blowing the whistle on alleged wrongdoings by fellow workers. 

Class action demands state pay up, despite budget impasse, for land taken for road projects

Scott Holland Dec. 30, 2015, 10:43pm

A property owner believes the state has wrongfully used Springfield’s ongoing budget dispute to improperly withhold payment on land the Illinois Department of Transportation seized for work on Route 59 in DuPage County, so the land owner has filed a class action to force Illinois to pay up to all others who have allegedly been similarly wronged. Naper Corner, successor entity to North Star Trust, filed suit Dec. 28 in Cook County Circuit Court.

Judge tosses federal OK of Illiana highway; says need doesn’t square with population forecasts

Jonathan Bilyk Jun. 17, 2015, 3:10pm

Victory for environmental groups seeking to slap brakes to big rural interstate project to connect I-55 to I-65

Judge tosses federal OK of Illiana highway; says need doesn't square with population forecasts

Jonathan Bilyk Jun. 17, 2015, 3:03pm

A federal judge has dealt another blow to the already tottering Illiana Expressway project, ruling the federal highway officials’ approval of documents supporting the proposed interstate highway project is not anchored strongly enough in actual population or construction forecasts to pass muster under federal law.

Environmental groups sue Federal Highway Administration over Illiana Tollway decisions

Dana Herra May 27, 2015, 11:02am

A trio of environmental groups has filed suit in U.S. district court asking a judge to vacate the Federal Highway Administration’s approval of documents supporting the proposed Illiana Tollway.

IDOT seeks court's OK to acquire, buy private property for U.S. Route 14 project

Kelly Issacs Jul. 18, 2014, 9:30am

The Illinois Department of Transportation is seeking a court order to acquire property so it can widen and reconstruct U.S. Route 14 at Wilke Road in Cook County.

First District affirms ruling over construction bid in city of Chicago's favor

Jonathan Bilyk Aug. 29, 2013, 4:48pm