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Illinois courts review hospital tax exemptions, with millions in tax revenue, viability in the balance

By Justin Stoltzfus | Jan 24, 2018

Illinois courts are wrestling with the idea of which hospital networks and major healthcare provider groups should pay property taxes - and a lot of revenue potentially hangs in the balance, perhaps jeopardizing the ability of hospitals, particularly in rural areas, to maintain service levels, some observers say.

Man suing U of Chicago for 'anti-male' assault policies settles with female accuser, keeps suing school

By Scott Holland | Mar 3, 2017

A University of Chicago student suing the school over anti-male bias built into its sexual assault investigation system is continuing his lawsuit against the school, in which he is demanding $1.35 million, even though the school purportedly dropped its disciplinary action against him, and after he settled with a female student who allegedly triggered the disciplinary action by accusing him of sexual assault. 

Second-installment property tax bills may rattle some suburbanites

By Dawn Geske | Mar 1, 2017

Cook County property tax bills have hit residents’ mailboxes and were due to the county on March 1 - but taxpayers especially may not like what they see when the second installment bills arrive four months from now.

Pension payments likely to continue even in case of Illinois government shutdown

By John Breslin | Feb 9, 2017

What could happen with pension payments in the aftermath of a government shutdown is the “law school hypothetical from hell,” said one labor lawyer in the wake of the Illinois attorney general's legal play to break the budget impasse.

'Trump sold himself as a wild card:' Incoming president's impact on labor law could be a mystery

By Joe Dyton | Nov 30, 2016

CHICAGO – To many, the results of this year’s presidential election came as a surprise. That surprise could be the first of many in terms of labor and employment policies when the Donald Trump administration takes over in January.

Rising assessments in Chicago may signal end of real estate market downturn

By Dawn Geske | Sep 7, 2016

The latest assessment values for Cook County, showing an increase in the city of Chicago, signal that the steady decline that began in 2008 may be at an end.

Chicago Board of Ed can't stop IL commission from keeping three Chicago charter schools open

By Scott Holland | Aug 19, 2016

A state appeals court upheld a ruling in favor of the Illinois State Charter School Commission, agreeing the commission had the authority to overrule the Chicago Board of Education's attempt to close three Chicago charter schools. 

Appellate court opinion makes 'clear statement' of taxpayer's right to challenge school board's policy violation

By Taryn Phaneuf | Aug 12, 2016

For school boards, local governments and other public bodies that may be subject to taxpayer lawsuits, a recent appellate court decision reminds public officials to keep an eye on enforcing their own policies, as well as local, state and federal laws, an education lawyer said.

Chicago lawyer says non-compete clause shouldn't apply to Jimmy John's employees

By Dawn Geske | Jun 29, 2016

The attorney general for Illinois has filed a lawsuit against fast food franchisor Jimmy John’s and several Jimmy John’s franchisees operating in Illinois, over its non-compete agreements.

Tax bills heading up for Chicago property owners

By Mike Helenthal | Jun 27, 2016

CHICAGO –  Chicago residents are already grumbling about the likelihood of paying significantly higher property taxes this year, and the bills haven’t even been sent out yet.

Easy Access: Shops hit with ADA accessibility lawsuits likely to be targets of 'serial litigators'

By Stephanie N. Grimoldby | Apr 7, 2016

Last year, of the 94 ADA accessibility lawsuits filed in Chicago's federal courts, 77 of them came from just eight plaintiffs. And most of those were represented by one of two legal practices, leading some of those sued to assert they were targeted by serial litigators.

Easy Access: Chicago shops large & small latest targets of growing trend of ADA Title III accessibility lawsuits

By Stephanie N. Grimoldby | Apr 6, 2016

The odds that an individual shop or restaurant could be hit with a disability equal access lawsuit under Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act remains small. But the likelihood is increasing, as more lawyers take aim at shops of all sizes, including owners of small mom-and-pop shops in older buildings.

Fired or not? 7th Circuit, NLRB side with worker who believed she was canned when boss sent her home

By Katie Rucke | Mar 25, 2016

Employers can still send unruly or insubordinate employees home as part of the disciplinary process. But after a recent decision by Chicago's federal appeals court in support of the National Labor Relations Board, they may want to take a look at how supervisors carry out employee discipline, how they communicate the terms of that discipline, and make sure employees clearly understand if they've been fired or they're still expected back on the job at some point.

Employees working through lunch? Could cost employers in unforeseen ways, recent decision says

By Taryn Phaneuf | Mar 18, 2016

Employers need to become more conscious of whether their employees are working through break periods, as allowing them to do so could carry legal consequences, according to a labor law attorney, citing a recent decision by a federal judge to let stand a former IDOC employee's lawsuit asserting he racked up enough hours working through his lunch period to qualify for FMLA leave.

Property values continue to decline in Cook County after recession; new property values shows signs of uneven recovery

By Anna Aguillard | Jan 2, 2016

According to data released by the Cook County Tax Assessor’s office, property values in Cook County townships are stabilizing, but still declining, producing signs the local real estate markets are inconsistently recovering from the economic crash about seven years ago, observers said.

Judge ends discrimination suit vs Northwestern brought by male professor accused of sexual misdeeds

By Scott Holland | Sep 1, 2015

A federal judge has rejected a Northwestern University professor’s amended claim against the school, ending another chapter in a complex legal battle centered around his relationships with female students.

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