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Tuesday, February 25, 2020

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  • Appeals panel: Taxpayer can retry nepotism suit vs Rich Township HS District over principal vote

    A state appeals panel has found a Cook County judge misapplied state law in dismissing a taxpayer’s nepotism complaint against a suburban high school district, saying the judge was too hasty in determining the Rich Township taxpayer lacked the ability to sue the district over the school board’s decision to reinstate a principal, with the principal’s husband casting the deciding vote. 

  • Dolton recall ordinance struck down, appeals panel says must first be OK'd by voters

    A trio of Dolton village trustees scored a victory in their dispute with the mayor and clerk over the legality of the town’s recall ordinance, as an appeals panel found the Illinois state constitution requires municipalities, like Dolton, must first secure the approval of voters at referendum for such recall powers.

  • Bronzeville charter school sues CPS over vote to not renew contract, close its doors

    A charter school in the Bronzeville neighborhood on Chicago’s South Side has asked a court to intervene to prevent the Chicago Public Schools from acting to close its doors at the end of this school year. On Nov. 18, the Chicago Lighthouse Charter School sued the CPS Board of Education, asking a Cook County judge to overrule CPS’ decision to close the school.

  • Appeals panel: School districts can't undo property tax settlements simply because they don't like the results

    A divided state appeals panel has reinstated a settlement agreement which had ended a dispute over how much a number of Will County property taxpayers actually should have paid in 2010, with a majority on the court saying the school districts can't undo the deal simply because they didn't like the result. A three-justice panel of the Illinois Third District Appellate Court in Ottawa overturned the decision of Will County Circuit Judge Barbara N. Petrungaro.

  • Dolton trustees say village recall ordinance, supported by mayor, unconstitutional abuse of power

    An ordinance providing for the recall of public officials in Dolton is at the center of a lawsuit dividing village trustees against the mayor and clerk. Tiffany Henyard, Stanley H. Brown and Robert G. Hunt Jr., who were each elected to four-year terms as Dolton village trustees in April 2013, filed a complaint in Cook County Circuit Court on Sept. 24 seeking an injunction against the village of Dolton, naming Dolton Mayor Riley H. Rogers and Village Clerk Mary Kay Dugan as co-defendants in the