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Madigan forces claim nothing wrong with placing 'sham' candidates on ballot to defeat Hispanic opponent
Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan and some of his allies are arguing they were exercising free speech when they allegedly ran two Hispanic "sham candidates" to lure votes from a Hispanic primary challenger to Madigan, who is now suing Madigan and others on grounds such alleged tactics were unlawful.
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A federal judge has certified a class action from women suing the town of Cicero over its accommodations for female detainees at its police lockup.
Judge junks tow company's suit vs politically-connected Cicero town attorney, who is divorcing tow owner's daughter
A Cook County judge has dismissed a lawsuit by a Cicero tow truck operator against Cicero's politically-connected town lawyer, which accused the lawyer of sabotaging the tow operator's contract with the town of Cicero, when the tow company owner's daughter filed for divorce from the lawyer.
Melrose Park could use TIF property tax money to pay class action firm Edelson in Westlake Hospital court fight
Class action law firm Edelson P.C. could be poised to claim a cut of the property taxes paid to Melrose Park by Westlake Hospital, should the firm succeed in helping Melrose Park stop the hospital's owners from closing the health care facility.
Billing records FOIA: Del Galdo firm collecting millions in fees from local governments; Del Galdo divorce case sealed
A judge has sealed off municipal lawyer Michael Del Galdo's divorce case from public view, as Del Galdo seeks to keep his financials under wraps. But billing and payment records obtained under FOIA shows Del Galdo's law firm has continued to collect likely millions of dollars in taxpayer-funded money in recent years from the Cook County suburban governments he and his firm represent.
Judge says ex-Broadview mayor can't be sued for allegedly bad mouthing planned strip club while in office
A Chicago federal judge has stripped a former Broadview mayor from a suit by a group, which wants to open an adults-only club in the west suburban village, saying the group failed to prove the then-mayor did not enjoy the immunity of a public official in denouncing the proposed establishment.
Contentious Del Galdo divorce case leads to court fight over Cicero town attorney's funding, political ties
A contentious divorce case involving a lawyer who represents the town of Cicero and a host of other local governments in Chicago’s suburbs has produced a pitched courtroom battle over his estranged wife’s efforts to reveal who pays him, how much he earns and the depth of his purported links to Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan and other prominent Democratic lawmakers, and other influential figures in Illinois government.
A group of investors – most of whom have remained concealed by what judges called an “obscure trail of contracts, trusts, and illusory commitments” – seeking to open a strip club in Broadview have suffered another setback as they try to force the suburban community to grant them the permit they need to open the establishment, in a ruling from the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals.
Cicero's Dominick fights subpoena in Madigan 'sham candidates' suit, says subpoena result of 'grudge'
Cicero Town President Larry Dominick is alleging the attorney for a failed primary challenger to Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan, who is claiming in federal court Madigan pulled strings to undercut his candidacy, is playing to the media and engaging in other dirty tricks to force Dominick to answer questions in a deposition about Madigan’s power.
A federal appellate court ruled that the city of Chicago Heights set proper boundaries when it redrew aldermanic ward maps, agreeing with a lower court that the map’s opponents, who alleged the city’s map violated a court decree addressing racial discrimination, do not have authority to submit their own alternative map for the court’s consideration.