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Class action: Cook County Sheriff can't reintroduce 'sham' disciplinary complaints vs formerly fired deputies

Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart is facing yet another lawsuit over his handling of employee terminations before an illegally constituted merit board, as two fired Cook County deputies argue the sheriff has lost his chance to fire them and 230 other terminated sheriff’s officers, even after the board was reconstituted under new legislation.

Fired deputy accuses Cook County sheriff of wrongful termination

A former Cook County deputy sheriff is suing Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart, the Cook County Sheriff's Merit Board and Cook County for alleged wrongful termination.

'Social enterprise' companies will get bidding edge for Cook County contracts under new ordinance

A new Cook County ordinance will give preference on bidding to vendors who the county believes are set up to serve the public benefit.

Road contractors' coalition asks court to order Cook County to free up $250M for transportaton projects

A coalition of trade groups representing road building contractors have sued Cook County, asking a judge to order the county to spend more money on maintaining and improving its roads, bridges and other transportation infrastructure, because the county, the lawsuit says, has detoured nearly $250 million that the groups assert should have been spent only on transportation projects.

Appellate court affirms dismissal of ex-Cook transportation worker's wrongful firing suit, despite 'intrigue'

A federal appeals panel has affirmed a lower court’s decision to dismiss a case "filled with intrigue" brought by a former Cook County Transportation Department worker who had accused the county of firing him under false pretenses.

Retirement income tax could boost IL bucks, but also spawn court challenges, exodus of retirees

With Illinois' budget woes continuing, one Democratic candidate for governor has suggested taxing retirement income, But such a proposal could lead to a mass exodus of retirees from the state, as well as court challenges exempting the state's public worker retirees from paying any such tax, under the state constitution's pension protections.

Federal judge keeps wrongful termination case against Cook County Sheriff alive

A federal judge has allowed a former Cook County correctional officer to continue his suit accusing Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart of firing him in retaliation for supporting a political opponent of the sheriff. The judge, however, dismissed a number of other defendants within the sheriff's office from the case.

Judge: Cook County didn't violate speech rights of fired ex-staffer who ran vs Elmwood Park's Silvestri

A Chicago federal judge is closing the door on an ex-Cook County government staffer’s attempt to sue powerful Cook County politicians, saying he can’t demonstrate the county violated his constitutional rights by firing him after he helped expose alleged political corruption in Elmwood Park, and then campaigned to take the county board seat held by Peter Silvestri, Elmwood Park’s mayor.

Family of man struck by train in Norwood Park in Jan. 2017 sues Metra, Union Pacific, others

The family of a man who died when his vehicle was struck by a Metra train in Chicago is suing Union Pacific Railroad, Metra, the Regional Transportation Authority, the city of Chicago and Cook County for allegedly taking insufficient measures to prevent injuries.

Cook County candidates off the March Democrat primary ballot following decisions by judge and electoral board

Most of a slate of Cook County would-be candidates for the Democratic primary who took their fight to continue their races to federal court are now off the March ballot following separate decisions by a federal judge and the Cook County Electoral Board in January.

Contract: Simmons, Meyers firms to split 25 percent cut of Cook County's take from any opioid lawsuit payment

Lawyers hired by Cook County to help press the county’s case against drug companies over the proliferation of opioid painkillers stand to pocket at least a quarter of Cook County’s cut of any settlement or dollar amount awarded by a court.

Cook County officials accused of retaliating vs juvenile jail officer for reporting crime by supervisor

A security supervisor at the Cook County Juvenile Temporary Detention Center is suing Cook County,. the county's Chief Judge Timothy Evans, and other officials at the county JTDC for firing him in retaliation for reporting another supervisor at the JTDC had allegedly illegally brought a firearm into the facility.

Cook County jumps into legal fray vs pharmaceutical makers, hires Simmons, Meyers & Flowers to sue over 'opioids'

Cook County, the second largest county in the U.S., has added its name to the ever-growing list of local governments demanding the makers of some of the most prescribed opioid painkillers pay out, saying the companies owe big money for costs the county has incurred in treating painkiller addiction and dealing with its aftermath at the county’s hospitals and other institutions.

IL Supreme Court gives Cook County six more months to complete case e-filing transition work

Cook County's courts have been given an additional six months to bring their civil case filing systems into alignment with a statewide electronic case filing system required by the Illinois Supreme Court, despite comments from Circuit Clerk Dorothy Brown just weeks earlier they would be ready to meet a Jan. 1 deadline.

Illinois employers to face shifting regulatory burdens in 2018

As 2018 looms, employers in Illinois are bracing for another wave of employment and labor regulations on the local, state and federal levels.

Another class action over now-repealed Cook County pop tax lands in court, even as others settle

On the day the controversial Cook County “pop tax” expired, one of the law firms behind the rash of class action lawsuits against area retailers and restaurants over the collection of the tax brought perhaps one final class action claim against an area retailer, saying a man was charged a few cents too much for club sodas he purchased at two local Jewel supermarkets.

Noted class action lawyer Edelson calls for big litigation to cure opioid epidemic, make 'big pharma' pay

Asserting Congress and local governments either aren't doing enough or lack the resources to address the so-called opioid epidemc impacting communities of all kinds and sizes, the only way to effectively fund treatment and solutions is through litigation, a Chicago class-action attorney said.

Uber hit with private class action, regulatory lawsuit from Chicago, Cook County over 2016 data breach

In the wake of a major data breach, ridehailing company Uber, already facing a class action complaint from customers who say the company’s workplace culture allowed improper access to rider information, must now also face a lawsuit brought by the city of Chicago and Cook County, leveling much the same allegations and receiving aid from a Chicago trial lawyer renowned for routinely suing tech companies.

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

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

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.