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Pritzker, union say US high court should reject class action attempt vs SEIU over unconstitutional fees

By Jonathan Bilyk | May 22, 2019

Unions that used a state law which was later declared to be unconstitutional to take millions of dollars from non-union home caregivers who were not employed by the state should not be exposed to the risk of a class action lawsuit to force the union to refund those unconstitutional fees, Illinois’ governor and attorneys for a union said in briefs filed with the U.S. Supreme Court this week.

Different IL A/G 'opinion' could backfire casinos' effort to block fantasy sports sites from IL sports betting market

By Cook County Record | May 20, 2019

A provision intended to use an "advisory opinion" from former Illinois Atty. Gen. Lisa Madign to keep online daily fantasy sports sites from grabbing a piece of a new legal Illinois sports betting market for three years could also penalize the casino and race track operators supporting the penalty, as they also could run afoul of a different advisory opinion, authored in 2001 by former Ill. Atty. Gen. Jim Ryan.

Comptroller, pension funds: Chicago City Hall can't sue over grant money intercepted for shorted pensions

By Scott Holland | May 20, 2019

Illinois Comptroller Susana Mendoza and several city worker retiree pension funds have responded to a lawsuit in which the city of Chicago alleged the comptroller's office acted wrongly at the request of the pension funds to seize millions in state grant money because the pension funds claimed the city had shorted pension funds by $23 million.ons aren't met

Illinois among states in suit against pharmaceutical companies alleging generic drug price fixing

By John Breslin | May 20, 2019

Illinois is among the plaintiffs in a multistate lawsuit that claims pharmaceutical companies colluded to fix the prices of generic drugs in a scheme that allegedly caused billions of dollars of harm to the national economy.

'Strong' court challenges likely if IL blocks FanDuel, DraftKings from legal sports betting market: Report

By Jonathan Bilyk | May 17, 2019

The state of Illinois could face a swift constitutional legal challenge should it enact legislation to legalize sports betting that includes a provision designed to block online fantasy sports giants FanDuel and Draft Kings from the market, to benefit the state’s existing casinos, according to attorneys hired by one of the fantasy sports companies.

Hinsdale, Burr Ridge, Willowbrook, Darien ask court to let them sue Sterigenics, along with Illinois

By Jonathan Bilyk | May 14, 2019

With the state of Illinois’ legal gambit to shut down a Willowbrook medical device sterilization facility now back in DuPage County court, two more suburbs - Burr Ridge and Hinsdale - have added their names to the list of municipal governments seeking to join the court action as plaintiffs.

Sterigenics court fight worries health care sector over short-, long-term impacts of effort to restrict EO use

By Jonathan Bilyk | May 9, 2019

As the court fight continues over the fate of Sterigenics’ medical device sterilization plant in Willowbrook, the company and others are working to draw attention to the health care side effects of this and possible further moves by Illinois state officials and lawmakers to further restrict access to the sterilizing agent ethylene oxide.

Judge: Dispute over whether Pritzker broke law in shutting down Sterigenics belongs in state, not federal, court

By Jonathan Bilyk | May 6, 2019

Medical device sterilizer Sterigenics will not find any relief from federal courts, after a federal judge ruled its dispute over Gov. JB Pritzker’s order closing Sterigenics’ Willowbrook facility belongs in state court.

ComEd loses bid to bar local utilities from selling credits on renewable energy market

By Scott Holland | May 3, 2019

A state appellate panel said ComEd can’t block local utilities from participating in the renewable energy credit market, affirming an Illinois Commerce Commission ruling.

Sterigenics shutdown crimps supply of medical devices, as courts mull next steps, procedural motions

By Cook County Record | Apr 16, 2019

As state and federal courts grapple with the legal questions of what comes next, a state-imposed shutdown of a Willowbrook medical device sterilization facility has begun to have ripple effects for health care facilities and patients far from the suburbs of Chicago.

IL Atty Gen: OxyContin maker committed fraud, marketed deceptively

By Scott Holland | Apr 9, 2019

Lawsuit accuses Purdue Pharma of illegally pushing opioids on state's residents while downplaying risks

IL Supreme Court OKs law that allowed union lobbyist to collect teacher pension after one day in classroom

By Dan Churney | Apr 4, 2019

The Illinois Supreme Court says a teachers union lobbyist will be allowed to double his pension after he served as a substitute teacher for one day. The decision came over dissents from other justices on the court who said the law allowing the pension boost was merely written to benefit a handful of union employees at taxpayer expense.

Proposed change to IL biometrics law could offer relief to employers from lawsuit 'abuse' of privacy protections

By Jonathan Bilyk | Apr 3, 2019

Legislation in Springfield could bring relief to employers and others facing potentially ruinous lawsuits over nothing more than requiring employees to scan fingerprints when punching in and out work shifts.

ILLINOIS ATTORNEY GENERAL: Attorney General Raoul Announces Settlements With Four Fast Food Chains to End Use of No-poach Agreements

By Press release submission | Mar 18, 2019

Attorney General Kwame Raoul, as part of a coalition of 14 attorneys general, announced settlements under which four national fast food franchisors will cease using “no-poach” agreements, which restrict the rights of fast food workers to change jobs from one franchise to another within the same restaurant chain.

ILLINOIS ATTORNEY GENERAL: Attorney General Raoul Issues 2018 Public Access Report During Sunshine Week

By Press release submission | Mar 18, 2019

issued the following announcement on.In recognition of Sunshine Week, Attorney General Kwame Raoul today released the Public Access Counselor Annual Report with details of a sampling of nearly 3,800 new matters received in 2018.

Judge: Illinois, DuPage lawsuit seeking court-ordered shutdown of Sterigenics doesn't belong in federal court

By Jonathan Bilyk | Mar 12, 2019

A federal judge has sent back to DuPage County court a lawsuit filed by the state against medical device sterilization company Sterigenics over alleged emissions from its plant in suburban Willowbrook, saying the state can press its pollution claims in state court against the company in large part because the state has not accused the company of violating any defined air quality standards.

Appeals court: State can strip Glenview hospice's tax exempt status, because it does too little charity

By Dan Churney | Feb 27, 2019

An Illinois appeals panel has determined state tax officials were right to deny tax-exempt status to a suburban Chicago hospice center, because, even though it shares land with a sister palliative facility that is exempt, less than one percent of the hospice's $30 million annual revenue went to charity.

Judge OKs IL EPA shut-down order slapped on Sterigenics Willowbrook plant

By Jonathan Bilyk | Feb 20, 2019

A federal judge has refused to lift the shut-down order slapped on a suburban medical equipment sterilization plant, granting a win to Illinois state officials in the legal battle over the fate of the Willowbrook facility.

Sterigenics: IL EPA shut-down order oversteps the law; Asks federal court to block 'extralegal' action

By Jonathan Bilyk | Feb 19, 2019

Calling the action an attempt to sidestep the courts and the law, Sterigenics has filed suit against the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency, asking a federal judge to remove the order the state agency slapped on late last Friday, effectively shuttering Sterigenics’ Willowbrook plant.

Judge: Labor union can continue suit vs state over law requiring unions to rep non-union workers

By Jonathan Bilyk | Feb 6, 2019

A labor union will be allowed to continue to press its claims a recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling should mean it and other labor unions cannot be forced under state law to represent non-union state workers who choose not to pay union fees.

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