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Chicago Ald. Burke indicted over alleged shakedowns to benefit property tax law firm Klafter & Burke
Federal prosecutors have added more charges against Chicago Ald. Ed Burke, accusing the once-powerful Chicago alderman of attempting to use his position as then-chairman of the city’s Finance Committee to push the developer of the Old Post Office redevelopment project to sign on as a client at Burke’s property tax appeal law firm.
Indictment: Cook County's hired debt collector charged with bribing county officials to secure county contract
The owner of a Pennsylvania debt collection company, which for years has chased down those who owe money to Cook County, has been indicted on federal charges of allegedly bribing court clerks, including Cook County Circuit Court Clerk Dorothy Brown, to land such contracts.
Justice Dept: Class action deal should crumble; Serves only to pay lawyers, promote Lenny & Larry's cookies
The federal government has asked a federal judge to crumble a deal to end a false labeling class action lawsuit against Lenny & Larry’s, the makers of high-protein cookies, saying the settlement is far too lopsided, as it leaves attorneys with more than $1 million and consumers with perhaps a few crumbs, should they be lucky enough to land a cut of $3 million worth of free cookies.
Judge: Feds wrong to abruptly cut off funds for Chicago children's psychiatric hospital accused of abuse
A federal judge has ordered a children's psychiatric hospital in Chicago, where patients have allegedly been exposed to “rampant” abuse, should continue receiving Medicare and Medicaid funds while the facility gets the chance to argue the federal government did not give the hospital time to correct problems.
Three lawyers disbarred, nine more suspended in latest round of IL Supreme Court attorney discipline
The Illinois Supreme Court has disbarred three lawyers, including a criminal defense attorney sentenced to 30 months in prison for not paying nearly $1 million in federal taxes, and suspended nine others, including a former McHenry County prosecutor convicted of stealing more than $21,000 from the law firm that employed her.
The village of Tinley Park has settled a legal imbroglio over claims the village discriminated against predominantly black low income residents when it stalled approval of a controversial housing project planned for the community’s downtown area – a situation the village blamed in part on its ex-planner, who will get $360,000 under a proposed settlement.
U.S. DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE: Vice President of Insurance Underwriting Group Charged with Fraudulently Obtaining $13.5 Million in Phony “Matching Deductible” Policies
The vice president of an insurance underwriting group fraudulently obtained more than $13.5 million from a corporate client by fraudulently issuing and collecting premium payments on “matching deductible” policies, according to federal criminal charges filed today by the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Chicago.
U.S. DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE: 6 Defendants Charged in Federal Investigation Targeting Narcotics Sales in Rockford
Six individuals are facing federal criminal charges as part of an investigation into heroin and crack cocaine sales in the Rockford area.