City of Chicago News

Uber, Lyft video ads maker, City Hall face off in court over Chicago's ridesharing ad ban

By Dan Churney | Oct 9, 2018

The city of Chicago and a company which wants to provide interactive video advertising for Uber and Lyft vehicles operating in the city have squared off in federal court over Chicago’s ban on such ads, with the company maintaining the ban runs roughshod over the U.S. and Illinois constitutions, and the city asserting the ban is a legitimate restriction of commercial speech.

Appeals panel: Chicago not liable for man's fall after stepping out of cab on crumbling curb

By John Breslin | Oct 1, 2018

A man injured after stepping on a crumbled curb following his exit from a cab has no claim against the city of Chicago, a state appeals court has ruled.

Class action: Chicago skimps on paying retiring police officers their 'duty availability' pay

By Noddy A. Fernandez | Sep 27, 2018

A retired Chicago police officer alleges he is still owed duty availability pay and has filed a class action lawsuit.

Class action challenges legality of more than 2 million Chicago red light camera tickets

By Scott Holland | Sep 25, 2018

Despite a major settlement earlier this year, the city of Chicago is facing further legal action over the validity of its red light camera program.

City of Chicago sued in pregnant woman's death, injuries to newborn

By Jenie Mallari-Torres | Sep 20, 2018

The city of Chicago and Chicago paramedics are being blamed in the death of a pregnant woman and permanent injuries to her child, after they allegedly failed to "timely transport" the unconscious woman "to the closest emergency facility," according to court documents.

Obama Center opponents say City Hall misled judge over track demolition, tree clearing in Jackson Park

By Jonathan Bilyk | Sep 14, 2018

Saying lawyers for the city of Chicago misled a judge, a group opposed to the development of the Obama Presidential Center in Chicago’s Jackson Park have asked a federal judge to slap a hold on any further city work in the park while a lawsuit to block the Obama Center project continues.

Father sues city of Chicago, police officers over his son's death at hands of officers in 2017

By Bree Gonzales | Sep 14, 2018

A father is suing the city of Chicago and several police officers, alleging they wrongfully shot his son to death.

Chicago horse carriage vendors: Animal welfare activists conspired to defame, harm business

By Jonathan Bilyk | Sep 13, 2018

The owners of Chicago’s three licensed horse-drawn carriage companies have rolled out a lawsuit against a group of animal welfare activists, who the vendors accuse of conspiring to disrupt their businesses and smear their reputations.

City of Chicago sued over Freedom of Information request involving alleged racist Water Dept. emails

By Jenie Mallari-Torres | Sep 11, 2018

A law firm is suing the city of Chicago, citing an alleged violation of the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) involving emails containing alleged racist content.

Apple latest tech firm to challenge Chicago's 'Netflix tax,' says tax on streaming media illegal

By Scott Holland | Sep 4, 2018

Apple has joined a host of other tech companies suing the city of Chicago over its so-called “Netflix tax” levied on streaming media.

Judge denies Chicago Fraternal Order of Police request to join lawsuit on police reform

By Elizabeth Alt | Aug 30, 2018

A federal judge has denied a motion brought by the union representing Chicago's police officers to intervene as a party in litigation, in an attempt to limit the scope of a settlement agreement between the state of Illinois and the city of Chicago mandating reforms for the Chicago Police Department, to address allegations officers discriminate against African American and Latino city residents.

Ex-Chicago firefighter-medic: Firefighter retirement rules don't apply to him; Judge: Lawsuit filed too late

By Dan Churney | Aug 15, 2018

A Chicago federal judge has doused an age discrimination lawsuit brought by an ex-Chicago firefighter-paramedic, who alleged the city made him retire against his will at 63, allegedly improperly applying mandatory firefighter retirement rules to him, even though he was a paramedic.

Judge: Chicago's altered rules for peddlers outside Wrigley strike out lawsuit by Cubs-related magazine seller

By Scott Holland | Aug 15, 2018

A federal judge has again sent to the showers a lawsuit alleging the city of Chicago violated the rights of the publisher of a Cubs-related magazine when it barred the company from selling its publication outside Wrigley Field, noting changes to the city's ordinance effectively strike out the publishers' legal arguments to this point.

Dolton, Robbins say low water bill, property tax collections to blame for still owing Chicago millions for water

By Scott Holland | Aug 13, 2018

Facing legal actions from the city of Chicago asserting they collectively owe more than $23 million in unpaid water bills, the villages of Robbins and Dolton have responded by conceding they owe the money, but assert they face financial challenges, from depressed property tax collections and water bill collections that are too low to cover the amount demanded by Chicago, to actually repay what the city is demanding.

Appeals court: Chicago can't be sued by runner who claimed was hurt because 606 Trail too narrow

By Cook County Record | Aug 10, 2018

An Illinois state appeals panel has upheld a Cook County judge's decision to dismiss a lawsuit brought against the city of Chicago and Chicago Park District by a woman who was struck by a bicyclist while running on the 606 Trail, and who argued the city should be held responsible because, she argued, the trail was too narrow to accommodate both bicycles and foot traffic.

Lawsuit: City rules allow Ald. Burke to turn Chicago Workers Comp office into patronage 'army'

By Jonathan Bilyk | Jul 31, 2018

Saying the mayor’s refusal to wrest control of the city’s workers compensation division has allowed Chicago’s most powerful alderman to turn the office into a political patronage “army,” giving preferential treatment to loyal city workers, a lawsuit brought by a city worker who helped expose the Hired Trucks scandal has asked a federal judge to declare unconstitutional Ald. Ed Burke’s management of the office that handles Chicago city workers’ workers comp claims, and force Mayor Rahm Emanuel to oversee operations there, despite city rules delegating the task to Burke.

Lawsuit: Chicago racks up 'hundreds of millions' in excessive fines for 'minor violations,' too punitive to be legal

By Scott Holland | Jul 23, 2018

A Chicago man has initiated a class action complaint against the city, claiming its penalties for minor violations like parking tickets or missing car window stickers are so punitive – particularly against those “least able to pay them” – that they violate state law. He is represented by the same lawyers which recently announced a $38 million settlement agreement with City Hall over its red light camera program, earning the firm $11 million in fees.

Chicago ordinance could make employers give 2 weeks notice before changing employee schedules

By John Breslin | Jul 11, 2018

Plans to introduce a new ordinance requiring employers in Chicago to give their workers advance notice of changes in schedule appear to have stalled, according to an employment law attorney.

Airline passenger blames Chicago, escalator companies for fall at O'Hare

By Bree Gonzales | Jun 29, 2018

An airline passenger is suing the City of Chicago, United Maintenance Co., Schindler Elevator Corp. and Schindler Enterprises, citing alleged negligence in maintaining the safety of an escalator at O'Hare International Airport.

Widower blames Chicago Police for death of wife struck by vehicle driven by man being pursued

By Noddy A. Fernandez | Jun 29, 2018

A husband and father is suing the city of Chicago and a motorist identifed as Terrance Allen, after his wife was killed when her vehicle was allegedly struck by Allen's while he was being pursued by Chicago Police.

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