City of Chicago News

Ex-Chicago firefighter-medic: Firefighter retirement rules don't apply to him; Judge: Lawsuit filed too late

By Dan Churney | Aug 15, 2018

A Chicago federal judge has doused an age discrimination lawsuit brought by an ex-Chicago firefighter-paramedic, who alleged the city made him retire against his will at 63, allegedly improperly applying mandatory firefighter retirement rules to him, even though he was a paramedic.

Judge: Chicago's altered rules for peddlers outside Wrigley strike out lawsuit by Cubs-related magazine seller

By Scott Holland | Aug 15, 2018

A federal judge has again sent to the showers a lawsuit alleging the city of Chicago violated the rights of the publisher of a Cubs-related magazine when it barred the company from selling its publication outside Wrigley Field, noting changes to the city's ordinance effectively strike out the publishers' legal arguments to this point.

Dolton, Robbins say low water bill, property tax collections to blame for still owing Chicago millions for water

By Scott Holland | Aug 13, 2018

Facing legal actions from the city of Chicago asserting they collectively owe more than $23 million in unpaid water bills, the villages of Robbins and Dolton have responded by conceding they owe the money, but assert they face financial challenges, from depressed property tax collections and water bill collections that are too low to cover the amount demanded by Chicago, to actually repay what the city is demanding.

Appeals court: Chicago can't be sued by runner who claimed was hurt because 606 Trail too narrow

By Cook County Record | Aug 10, 2018

An Illinois state appeals panel has upheld a Cook County judge's decision to dismiss a lawsuit brought against the city of Chicago and Chicago Park District by a woman who was struck by a bicyclist while running on the 606 Trail, and who argued the city should be held responsible because, she argued, the trail was too narrow to accommodate both bicycles and foot traffic.

Lawsuit: City rules allow Ald. Burke to turn Chicago Workers Comp office into patronage 'army'

By Jonathan Bilyk | Jul 31, 2018

Saying the mayor’s refusal to wrest control of the city’s workers compensation division has allowed Chicago’s most powerful alderman to turn the office into a political patronage “army,” giving preferential treatment to loyal city workers, a lawsuit brought by a city worker who helped expose the Hired Trucks scandal has asked a federal judge to declare unconstitutional Ald. Ed Burke’s management of the office that handles Chicago city workers’ workers comp claims, and force Mayor Rahm Emanuel to oversee operations there, despite city rules delegating the task to Burke.

Lawsuit: Chicago racks up 'hundreds of millions' in excessive fines for 'minor violations,' too punitive to be legal

By Scott Holland | Jul 23, 2018

A Chicago man has initiated a class action complaint against the city, claiming its penalties for minor violations like parking tickets or missing car window stickers are so punitive – particularly against those “least able to pay them” – that they violate state law. He is represented by the same lawyers which recently announced a $38 million settlement agreement with City Hall over its red light camera program, earning the firm $11 million in fees.

Chicago ordinance could make employers give 2 weeks notice before changing employee schedules

By John Breslin | Jul 11, 2018

Plans to introduce a new ordinance requiring employers in Chicago to give their workers advance notice of changes in schedule appear to have stalled, according to an employment law attorney.

Airline passenger blames Chicago, escalator companies for fall at O'Hare

By Bree Gonzales | Jun 29, 2018

An airline passenger is suing the City of Chicago, United Maintenance Co., Schindler Elevator Corp. and Schindler Enterprises, citing alleged negligence in maintaining the safety of an escalator at O'Hare International Airport.

Widower blames Chicago Police for death of wife struck by vehicle driven by man being pursued

By Noddy A. Fernandez | Jun 29, 2018

A husband and father is suing the city of Chicago and a motorist identifed as Terrance Allen, after his wife was killed when her vehicle was allegedly struck by Allen's while he was being pursued by Chicago Police.

Sculptor of Chicago's "Bean" sues NRA, says needed permission to use image of the public art in video

By Scott Holland | Jun 20, 2018

The artist behind the iconic Chicago sculpture known to people worldwide as “The Bean,” is targeting the National Rifle Association in a copyright infringement lawsuit, saying they needed to ask his permission before using images including the sculpture in a video the organization posted to solicit donations.

Chicago asks judge to toss HomeAway's lawsuit over housing ordinance

By Charmaine Little | Jun 14, 2018

The City of Chicago has requested the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois in the Eastern Division dismiss a case that alleges one of its regulations favors Airbnb against competitor, Inc.

Judge OKs lawsuit to proceed vs city of Chicago, cops over killing of family dog

By Kyla Asbury | Jun 8, 2018

A federal judge denied a request for summary judgment from the city of Chicago and three police officers in connection wtih a lawsuit alleging a police officer killed a family dog while raiding a home.

Judge pulls to the curb class action vs city, ParkChicago vendors over app users' parking tickets

By Jonathan Bilyk | May 21, 2018

A class action lawsuit accusing the city of Chicago and its curbside parking meters vendors of wrongly issuing parking tickets to motorists who actually had fed the meters using the ParkChicago smartphone app, has been dismissed.

United Airlines accused of negligence after passenger allegedly hurt when pilot hit brakes to avoid collision

By Jenie Mallari-Torres | May 18, 2018

A woman is suing United Airlines, a pilot and the ity of Chicago for alleged negligence, claiming she was injured when an aircraft on which she was a passenger suddenly braked.

University of Chicago Medical Center, city of Chicago allegedly failed to maintain sidewalk in safe condition

By Noddy A. Fernandez | May 16, 2018

A woman is suing the University of Chicago Medical Center and the city of Chicago for allegedly taking insufficient measures to prevent injuries.

Protect Our Parks group sues to block 'con game' allowing Obama museum in Chicago's Jackson Park

By Jonathan Bilyk | May 14, 2018

A group of opponents of the development of the Obama Presidential Center in Chicago’s Jackson Park have sued the city of Chicago and the Chicago Park District to stop what they call a “short con shell game” that, if allowed to proceed, will “destroy the pristine open environment” and “open the door to progressively more intrusive destruction” of the historic park on Chicago’s South Side.

Judge: Chicago ordinance may not allow sidestep of order to return impounded cars to bankrupt debtors

By Scott Holland | May 9, 2018

A federal judge said the city of Chicago may not have the absolute right under federal law to withhold impounded vehicles from people who have filed for bankruptcy protection, but it at least deserves the chance to argue its case to do so.

Appeals court says no proof Chicago cops blocked exit door in deadly 2003 E2 nightclub stampede

By Dan Churney | May 3, 2018

An Illinois appeals panel has upheld a Cook County judge's ruling, which cleared Chicago police of causing the deaths of patrons by preventing them from leaving the E2 nightclub in Chicago during a stampede there in 2003 that took 21 lives and injured more than 50.

Chicago female paramedics sue over alleged pervasive sex harassment in Chicago Fire Department

By Scott Holland | May 1, 2018

A group of female paramedics have filed a lawsuit alleging pervasive sexual harassment in the Chicago Fire Department

United Airlines, others accused of defamation and wrongful termination by officer who forcefully removed passenger

By Noddy A. Fernandez | Apr 19, 2018

A former Chicago Aviation Police officer is suing United Airlines and the city of Chicago's Department of Aviation for alleged defamation and wrongful termination.

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