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AFSCME: Cook Sheriff's Merit Board members terms' illegal; disciplinary decisions invalid since '05

Scott Holland Nov. 17, 2017, 5:47pm

A powerful public workers’ labor union has sued the Cook County Sheriff, saying members of the Cook County Sheriff’s Merit Board – whom the sheriff essentially appoints - aren’t spending enough time in office, potentially undermining all disciplinary cases the board has handled against deputies and correctional officers represented by the union since 2005.

Cook County female jail guards sue sheriff for not protecting them from inmate sexual harassment

Scott Holland Nov. 13, 2017, 5:20pm

Days after female public defenders hit Cook County sheriff’s and public defender’s offices with a lawsuit alleging sexual harassment at county jail facilities, a group of female Cook County correctional officers have filed a similar complaint against Sheriff Tom Dart.

Female Cook public defenders sue their boss, sheriff's office for letting inmates sexually harass them

Scott Holland Nov. 9, 2017, 11:27am

Saying the Cook County detainees they represent are sexually harassing them, a group of female public defenders have lodged a federal class action complaint against the office that employs them, as well as the Cook County Sheriff’s Office, for allowing it to happen repeatedly.

'Opportunistic' pop tax class action vs Subway kicked back to Cook County court by federal judge

Jonathan Bilyk Oct. 30, 2017, 8:16pm

A federal judge has poured back to Cook County court a class action lawsuit accusing Subway restaurants of making customers pay a few cents too much by collecting the soon-to-expire controversial Cook County “pop tax” on unsweetened iced tea at some of its Chicago restaurants.

Judge in $40M wrongful conviction case vs Northwestern, ex-professor: 'Cannot imagine more important civil case'

The Cook County Record Oct. 27, 2017, 11:59pm

Former Northwestern University journalism professor David Protess has pleaded poverty in Chicago federal court as he defends a malicious prosecution suit from Alstory Simon, a man cleared of murder charges who blames Protess for leading a conspiracy, involving private investigators and Northwestern journalism students, to frame him for the murder of two men.

Subway franchisor: Class action litigants concocted scheme to file suit over collection of Cook Co. pop tax

David Hutton Oct. 25, 2017, 5:47pm

A Subway franchisor has asked a Chicago federal judge to dismiss a lawsuit alleging violations of the Illinois Consumer Fraud and Deceptive Business Practices Act in connection with a sweetened beverage tax.

Juvenile inmates OK to continue some of their lawsuit over filming of 'Empire' in Cook detention center

Scott Holland Oct. 19, 2017, 7:33pm

A federal judge is allowing juvenile inmates to continue part of their lawsuit over filming of the television show “Empire” at a Cook County detention center.

Cook County, officials accused of charging unlawful court fees

Louie Torres Oct. 13, 2017, 5:00am

A woman has filed a class action lawsuit against Cook County Circuit Clerk Dorothy Brown, Cook County Treasurer Maria Pappas and Cook County, alleging they force litigants to pay unconstitutional fees.

Cook County repeals 'pop tax,' but lawsuits it spurred are still pending - though perhaps not for long

Jonathan Bilyk Oct. 11, 2017, 11:00pm

The Cook County “pop tax” will soon be a thing of the past, after the Cook County Board buckled to public pressure and repealed it. But local judges still must deal with a slew of class action lawsuits filed against supermarkets, convenience stores and restaurants over allegations they improperly collected the tax from customers.

County Board poised to can 'pop tax;' controversial tax rollout could also prompt rulemaking reform

The Cook County Record Oct. 7, 2017, 1:03am

With signs indicating the Cook County Board is poised to soon repeal the unpopular "pop tax," a Cook County commissioner has also set the stage to rewrite the rules by which county administrators can go about creating rules to collect taxes and impose regulations, potentially addressing a major complaint of businesses in the wake of the county's controversy-plagued rollout of the tax this summer.

Animal Legal Defense Fund sues to force Cook County to cough up report on animal control operations

Scott Holland Oct. 5, 2017, 3:33pm

The California-based Animal Legal Defense Fund wants a judge to force Cook County to release information on the county’s animal control department, asserting the county is intentionally withholding a report from the public the group believes likely contains more information about operations at county animal control than what was revealed in a released summary of the report from the county’s inspector general.

Property tax lawyer questions validity of Cook County tax system review

Chandra Lye Sep. 27, 2017, 11:30pm

A review of the Cook County property tax system may be nothing more than a political witch hunt, according to a local property tax attorney.

Illinois automatic voter registration bill signed into law; Cook clerk says will enable cleanup of voter rolls

Russell Boniface Sep. 26, 2017, 12:38am

When Gov. Bruce Rauner signed a bill on Aug. 28 to automatically register Illinois residents to vote, the man in charge of the office that oversees elections in suburban Cook County said the signature was the final piece in a long sought tool to "clean up" voter rolls in the county and elsewhere.

KFC restaurants hit with class action over collection of Cook County 'pop tax'

Jonathan Bilyk Sep. 20, 2017, 8:55pm

Yum Brands, the parent company of fast food chain KFC and other international fast food brands, has become the latest to catch legal heat for allegedly improperly collecting Cook County’s so-called “pop tax.”

Attorney says class action lawsuits over 'soda pop tax' only designed to pour a quick lawyer payday

Dee Thompson Sep. 15, 2017, 12:22am

The controversial new “soda pop tax” that went into effect last month has already sparked class-action lawsuits against retailers and restaurants for allegedly miscalculating the tax, but David Almeida, an attorney at Benesch, Friedlander, Coplan & Aronoff LLP, believes these suits likely are aimed only at generating quick paydays for plaintiffs' lawyers.

Illinois' legal climate among nation's worst, survey says

Karen Kidd Sep. 12, 2017, 9:43pm

Cook County's increasingly bad reputation for attracting lawsuits from across the nation has contributed significantly to helping the state rank again among the worst legal climates in the nation in a recent national survey.

Sentinel Offender Services LLC, Cook County accused of failing to monitor juvenile offender who assaulted, robbed woman

Louie Torres Sep. 7, 2017, 3:00am

A woman is suing Cook County and Sentinel Offender Services LLC for alleged negligence, for not monitoring a juvenile offender wearing an electronic montirong anklet who later assaulted and robbed the woman.

Class action says PepsiCo charged Cook County 'pop tax' to bottled water sold at vending machines

Jonathan Bilyk Aug. 30, 2017, 9:57pm

PepsiCo has become the latest soft drinks vendor to be accused of not properly collecting Cook County’s new so-called “pop tax,” after a Chicago law firm which has already sued 7-Eleven, Subway and Jewel-Osco, also filed suit against PepsiCo, saying the food and beverage giant should be made to pay for allegedly forcing customers to pay the county tax on bottled water purchased at Pepsi-branded vending machines.

Proposed legislation to nix Cook County soda tax could conflict with Illinois home rule principle

Karen Kidd Aug. 30, 2017, 12:02am

While polling data indicates Cook County's new so-called "pop tax" is largely unpopular, two proposals filed in the Illinois General Assembly to flush the tax could infringe on the principle of home rule.

Circle K, Jewel, Subway added to list of shops sued over collection of Cook County's 'pop tax'

Jonathan Bilyk Aug. 23, 2017, 12:21pm

Add three more retailers and restaurants to the list of those targeted by lawsuits over the collection of Cook County’s so-called “pop tax,” as new plaintiffs have brought actions against Circle K convenience stores, Jewel food stores and Subway restaurants operating in and around Chicago.