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Judge tosses Chicago Board of Ed's attempt to secure right to limit CTU speech at meetings, says suit premature

Kacie Whaley Oct. 20, 2017, 6:00pm

Chicago's public schools leaders jumped the gun in filing suit against its teachers union, a Chicago federal judge has ruled, saying he can't give the Chicago Board of Education the court opinion it seeks declaring the board has the right to restrict the speech of certain members of the Chicago Teachers Union school officials accused of being "vulgar and intimidating" at school administration meetings.

Appeals panel: Social service agencies can't be paid without state appropriations

Jonathan Bilyk Jun. 15, 2017, 2:37pm

Noting the contracts they signed made their payments contingent on the availability of legally appropriated state funds, an Illinois appellate court has found a coalition of social service providers have no legal or constitutional leg to stand on to demand the state pay them without first securing the proper appropriations from the state’s legislature and governor.

Judge rejects ex-Gov. Quinn's lawsuit challenging power of Chicago mayor to appoint school board

Jonathan Bilyk Feb. 14, 2017, 12:47pm

Saying nothing in federal law entitles Chicago residents to a right to an elected school board, a federal judge has tossed a lawsuit from a group of plaintiffs, including parents of Chicago Public Schools students and former Ill. Gov. Pat Quinn, who had asked the court to side with their contentions that a state law granting the mayor of Chicago the power to appoint members of the Chicago Board of Education was discriminatory and violated their voting rights.

Ex-Gov. Quinn joins legal actions to overturn state law letting mayor choose Chicago school board

Scott Holland Oct. 10, 2016, 9:32am

Former Gov. Pat Quinn has joined state and federal lawsuits aiming to change the way Chicago Public Schools Board members are selected, saying state law giving the mayor of Chicago, and not voters, the power to select the Chicago Board of Education violates voters’ and taxpayers’ rights under the U.S. and Illinois constitutions. 

Social service providers sue Rauner for vetoing appropriations, demand state pay $100 million

Jonathan Bilyk May 4, 2016, 1:38pm

A group of more than five dozen Illinois social service agencies have sued Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner and a collection of state agencies, alleging the governor’s decision to veto three appropriation bills in June 2015 has provided cover for the state to unconstitutionally refuse to pay them more than $100 million they are collectively owed for services rendered under contracts with the state of Illinois.

Cook County judge tosses lawsuit brought by Pfleger, other activists vs suburbs over gun shop regulation

Jonathan Bilyk Mar. 2, 2016, 8:27pm

A Cook County judge has abruptly ended an attempt by a coalition of Chicago community activists, including Fr. Michael Pfleger and others, to use an Illinois civil rights law to force suburban communities to more stringently regulate gun shops operating within their borders, who the activists say are responsible for a disproportionate share of the firearms used by criminals and gangbangers to terrorize Chicago’s poorest neighborhoods.

George Lucas Museum foes score win in latest episode of saga over fate of lakefront site

Scott Holland Feb. 5, 2016, 11:30am

Opponents of the George Lucas museum proposed for Chicago’s lakefront have won the latest episode in the long running legal wars over the planned attraction, after a federal judge refused to dismiss their lawsuit against the city and park district.

Teamsters member says ex-Local 710 CEO removed amid embezzlement probe must repay $1.3 million in salaries

Jonathan Bilyk Dec. 14, 2015, 5:16pm

A member of a Teamsters union local representing thousands of workers in Illinois, Indiana and Iowa has asked a judge for permission to sue former local union officials who were removed last year amid accusations of embezzlement and corruption, and to force those former officials to repay hundreds of thousands of dollars in salaries the potential lawsuit says were wrongly paid at a time the organization was otherwise financially insolvent.