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IL Supreme Court: Citibank has no claim on sales tax refunds from bad auto loans

By Dan Churney | Dec 4, 2017

The Illinois Supreme Court has upended Cook County and appellate rulings, saying Citibank has no claim to $1.6 million in state sales taxes paid through defaulted auto loans, because such tax refunds should go to the auto dealer, not the lender.

Judge flushes retailers' concerns over Cook County 'soda tax'; tax cleared to take effect Aug. 2

By Jonathan Bilyk | Jul 28, 2017

Residents and shoppers in Cook County could soon pay significantly more for their soda, sweet tea, iced coffee and other bottled and fountain drinks, after a Cook County judge refused to extend an order barring the county from collecting its penny-per-ounce sweetened beverage tax.

Cook County soda tax to remain blocked, for at least a few more days, appeals panel says

By Jonathan Bilyk | Jul 10, 2017

A state appeals court has rejected Cook County’s attempt to lift a stay on the county’s new so-called soda tax, directing a Cook County judge to proceed with plans to hear arguments on whether enforcement of the tax should be more permanently blocked.

Judge OKs retailers' request, bottles Cook County 'soda tax' for now

By Jonathan Bilyk | Jun 30, 2017

A Cook County judge has decided to bottle up, for now, Cook County’s plan to begin collecting a penny-per-ounce tax on soda and other sweetened beverages.

Retailers: Cook County soda tax unconstitutional, leaving drink sellers exposed to penalties, lawsuits

By Jonathan Bilyk | Jun 27, 2017

Saying Cook County rules would leave them unable to collect and pay the proper amount of taxes on the sodas, sweet teas and other sweetened drinks they sell, while leaving them exposed to penalties and lawsuits, a group of grocers, through their trade association, have asked a Cook County judge to block the scheduled July 1 implementation of the county’s so-called soda tax.

Deal announced to end lawsuit over condition of historic jet car loaned to Museum of Science & Industry

By Jonathan Bilyk | Jan 23, 2017

Chicago’s Museum of Science and Industry and legendary driver Craig Breedlove have reached an agreement to end their legal dispute over the condition of the historic jet-propelled car in which Breedlove set two land speed records in the 1960s. On Jan. 23, the museum and Breedlove issued a joint statement confirming they had reached the deal to end Breedlove’s lawsuit against MSI for the museum’s alleged mistreatment of the car, dubbed the Spirit of America.

Judge: Museum standards mean Museum of Science & Industry owes Breedlove duty for historic car

By Jonathan Bilyk | Jan 6, 2017

A legendary driver and former holder of world land speed records has won the chance to hit the gas on his lawsuit against Chicago’s Museum of Science and Industry over the museum’s alleged mistreatment of the Spirit of America, a historic car in which he broke the land speed record, and which he loaned to the museum five decades ago.

Legendary driver Breedlove says Museum of Science & Industry allowed historic jet car to be damaged

By Scott Holland | Jun 6, 2016

The first man in history to drive a car 600 miles per hour is trying to put the brakes on his relationship with Chicago’s Museum of Science and Industry, alleging in a lawsuit that a car he used in his attempts to break the land speed record and loaned to the museum suffered significant damage while in the museum’s care.

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