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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.

ILLINOIS ATTORNEY GENERAL: Raoul Announces $120 Million Settlement With Johnson & Johnson And Medical Device Business Inc. Over False & Misleading Statements

By Press release submission | Jan 29, 2019

Attorney General Kwame Raoul joined with 45 other attorneys general to announce a $120 million settlement with Johnson & Johnson and Medical Device Business Inc., formerly known as DePuy Inc., to resolve allegations that DePuy unlawfully promoted its metal-on-metal hip implant devices, the ASR XL and the Pinnacle Ultamet.

IDOT ordered to pay $774K in fees to lawyers for Muslim ex-worker who claimed discrimination

By Charmaine Little | Jan 24, 2019

The state of Illinois has been ordered to pay nearly $800,000 in legal fees to lawyers representing a Muslim employee of the Illinois Department of Transportation after a jury found IDOT supervisors had retaliated against him and did not give him space to pray and practice his religion. The ex-IDOT worker received more than $1.2 million in damages and back pay and benefits.

In final days, outgoing IL A/G announces $135M settlement with drugmaker Teva over drug prices

By D.M. Herra | Jan 16, 2019

A $135 million settlement with Teva Pharmaceuticals USA Inc. ticks another defendant off the list of 47 drug companies sued by the state of Illinois over alleged inflated drug prices.

ILLINOIS ATTORNEY GENERAL: Madigan announces settlement over minority-owned business fraud

By Press release submission | Dec 28, 2018

Attorney General Lisa Madigan announced a $2 million settlement with F.H. Paschen, S.N. Nielsen & Associates LLC (FHP), a multiregional construction company, over allegations it used a minority-owned business to fraudulently secure two publicly funded projects awarded by the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago (MWRD).

Illinois A/G alleges California woman sold tickets to fake events in Illinois

By Jenie Mallari-Torres | Dec 14, 2018

Attorney General Lisa Madigan alleges a California woman sells tickets to fake festivals and events and pockets consumers' money.

Sterigenics: Illinois A/G's lawsuit asks court to 'rewrite' federal rules, based on 'indisputably flawed report'

By Jonathan Bilyk | Dec 14, 2018

Saying the legal action asks a state court to substitute its own judgment for federal law and environmental rules, Sterigenics, the owner of a facility in suburban Willowbrook targeted by trial lawyers, politicians and a group of area residents for its use of ethylene oxide, has asked a federal judge to take jurisdiction over a lawsuit brought against them by state prosecutors.

State lawsuit over Sterigenics emissions cites state permit as evidence of 'hazard'; Undercuts permit process?

By Jonathan Bilyk | Dec 11, 2018

The Illinois Attorney General's Office and DuPage County State's Attorney have partnered to sue Sterigenics over its alleged emissions of ethylene oxide. However, the state lawsuit has come despite no contention from anyone that Sterigenics violated the terms of its permit, issued by the state. Some worry about the message such a 'bizarre' course of action by the state may send to its businesses, many of whom have similar permits of their own.

State high court says governor can fire Prisoner Review Board members without judicial scrutiny

By Dan Churney | Dec 5, 2018

The Illinois Supreme Court has upheld an appellate court’s ruling that Gov. Bruce Rauner’s decision to fire an Illinois Prisoner Review Board member, for alleged discrepancies in financial documents, can’t be undone by the courts.

Couple allegedly denied ability to rent Chicago property because they have children

By Jenie Mallari-Torres | Nov 30, 2018

The state alleges a couple was denied the opportunity to rent a Chicago property because they have three children.

IL Supreme Court: Government workers can accrue pension benefits even if working for union while on leave

By Scott Holland | Nov 30, 2018

The Illinois Supreme Court has ruled the state can’t stop labor union members from accruing state pension benefits while working for private unions, if those benefits are promised under a contract.

Anti-union IL state worker asks judge to let him defend state vs union attempt to 'discriminate' vs non-union workers

By Jonathan Bilyk | Sep 13, 2018

Saying Illinois’ attorney general’s defense is “inadequate” and is “bordering on malpractice,” an Illinois state employee who factored in the court action that led to the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent decision to strike down rules requiring non-union workers to pay fees to unions has again jumped into a federal court action, this time asking a judge to allow his legal team to defend the state against a union’s attempt to secure a court order striking down labor laws requiring them to represent all workers in a collective bargaining unit.

‘It’s not really cut-and-dried’: Few legal avenues to force private nonprofits to change the way they govern

By DM Herra | Sep 7, 2018

Throughout Illinois, disputes among members of nonprofit organizations can leave members feeling frustrated and wondering where to turn. But in reality, experts in non-profit law say, there are few outside legal remedies available to them. The best bets? Evoke change from the inside, or bring in a parent organization to restore order.

ILLINOIS ATTORNEY GENERAL: Former Financial Analyst for North Suburban Medical Waste Management Company Charged with Insider Trading

By Press release submission | Jul 29, 2018

“Dreamers are students, workers and taxpayers, and they are vital to economic growth in Illinois,” Madigan said.

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