City of Chicago News

Special prosecutor for Smollett case could have implications for Chicago's lawsuit vs actor over hoax investigation

By Jonathan Bilyk | Jun 24, 2019

A Cook County judge has ordered a special prosecutor to unravel the perplexities of the Jussie Smollett criminal case. And that could have ramifications for Chicago City Hall's lawsuit against Smollett, to seek recovery of the money the city spent investigating the alleged hoax.

'Exercise in revenue collection:' Appeals judges say Chicago can't hold cars over parking tickets if owners in bankruptcy

By Jonathan Bilyk | Jun 19, 2019

Finding the city of Chicago’s seizure of people’s cars over unpaid parking tickets amounts to little more than a program to boost the city’s treasury, a federal appeals court has rejected City Hall’s bid to keep a hold on seized vehicles even after bankruptcy judges have ordered the city to return them.

Class action: 'Abandoned' cars towed, impounded in Chicago 'effectively stolen' by city

By Jonathan Bilyk | Jun 12, 2019

A new class action asserts Chicago City Hall owes millions of dollars in restitution to car owners whose vehicles were illegally towed and impounded, and often later sold for scrap.

Judge: Plan to build Obama museum in Jackson Park should not be delayed, dismisses legal challenge

By Jonathan Bilyk | Jun 11, 2019

The Obama Foundation and its supporters in Chicago City Hall have notched a big win in the battle over whether to build a museum paying homage to the legacy of former President Barack Obama, as a judge dismissed the legal challenge to the plan to build the museum in Chicago's Jackson Park.

Appeals panel: Chicago residents can sue city for exposure to lead in city drinking water lines

By Jonathan Bilyk | May 23, 2019

A divided state appeals panel has unstopped a class action against the city of Chicago over lead in the city’s drinking water, saying the plaintiffs need only demonstrate they have been exposed to relatively high levels of water-borne lead to allow the lawsuit to continue, even though 80 percent of the homes in Chicago are served by lead water lines.

IL Sup Ct: Chicago can favor restaurants over food trucks; Decision written by Justice Anne Burke, wife of Chicago Ald. Ed Burke

By Dan Churney | May 23, 2019

The Illinois Supreme Court says the city of Chicago has the constitutional power to regulate where food trucks can park and how long they can stay in certain spots, as well as to track truck whereabouts with GPS devices.

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

Chicago says IL comptroller wrongly intercepting millions in state grant dollars over pensions

By Jonathan Bilyk | May 3, 2019

The city of Chicago has filed suit against the Illinois state Comptroller’s office and pension boards for its police officers and other city workers, accusing the pension funds and the comptroller of wrongly intercepting state grant funds otherwise owed to the city because the pension funds say the city has shorted its pension contributions.

Institute for Justice class action: Chicago car impound system unconstitutional 'racket'

By Jonathan Bilyk | Apr 30, 2019

The city of Chicago has been hauled into court over its towing and vehicle impoundment practices, accused of forcing “even innocent (car) owners” to navigate a “labyrinthine” system that particularly hammers those who can least afford it and can illegally cost "innocent owners" tens of thousands of dollars or even their cars.

'Fair Workweek' laws coming soon to Illinois. Employers should take note

By Jessica Causgrove, Fisher Phillips | Apr 17, 2019

So-called 'Fair Workweek' laws have landed in big, politically progressive cities across the country, and Illinois and Chicago are likely to soon follow. It will have a big impact on just about every business.

Chicago City Hall sues Smollett for alleged attack hoax, says he likely owes $300K+

By Jonathan Bilyk | Apr 11, 2019

Chicago City Hall has made good on its threat to sue actor Jussie Smollett, asserting he owes the city perhaps more than $300,000 for allegedly falsely telling police he was attacked earlier this winter in the city by white supporters of President Donald Trump, allegedly because he is black and gay.

Judge says advocacy group for disabled can sue Chicago for non-ADA subsidized housing

By Dan Churney | Apr 2, 2019

A Chicago federal judge has refused to dismiss a lawsuit by an advocacy agency for the disabled, which alleged for decades the city of Chicago has not ensured its subsidized housing is accessible to those with disabilities, saying the agency has put forth believable arguments the city's alleged shortcomings caused it to spend extra resources to help the disabled find suitable housing.

IL Supreme Court ends Chicago, Skokie bid to upend Kankakee online sales tax deals with retailers

By Dan Churney | Mar 27, 2019

The Illinois Supreme Court has overturned an appellate ruling that allowed Chicago and Skokie to press a suit against two Illinois communities and several consulting companies for allegedly rooking them out of "use tax" revenue, saying the Illinois Department of Revenue alone has jurisdiction over the taxes, not the courts or any municipality.

Chicago sues electric truck maker Motiv, says $1.3M electric garbage truck has been a lemon

By Jonathan Bilyk | Mar 20, 2019

Less than five years since trumpeting its purchase of “North America’s first all-electric” garbage truck, the city of Chicago has taken that truck’s manufacturer to court, alleging the truck has been a lemon.

Bankruptcy code not intended to 'shelter' Chicago parking, traffic ticket scofflaws: Appeals panel

By Scott Holland | Mar 18, 2019

A federal appeals panel has determined that a bankruptcy filing shouldn’t offer protection from traffic fines.

Judge: Lawsuit OK to claim City Hall illegally took property rights when rezoned Pittsfield tower, scrapped permit

By Jonathan Bilyk | Mar 15, 2019

A Chicago federal judge has given the green light to a lawsuit against the city of Chicago brought by a group that had sought to redevelop a skyscraper in Chicago’s Loop, saying the city must pay for allowing an alderman to change the zoning on the building after the city had issued the building permit, demolishing their plans and the building’s profitability in the process.

Appeals panel: Chicago must give a day's warning before ticketing cars on streets scheduled for sweeping

By Scott Holland | Mar 12, 2019

A state appeals court said the city of Chicago needs to provide 24 hours of warning time before it begins writing tickets for cars parked in the way of street sweepers.

Wendella lawsuit claims Chicago special tour boat tax is illegal, unconstitutional

By Jonathan Bilyk | Mar 9, 2019

The company billing itself as Chicago’s “original tour boat company” has asked a Cook County judge to sink City Hall’s attempt to tie down a special tax they say is designed to sidestep court rulings finding the city can’t tax their passenger’s tickets as an “amusement.”

Class action: Chicago trying to use parking tickets to offset losses from 2008 sale of meters on backs of poor

By Jonathan Bilyk | Mar 1, 2019

A class action lawsuit has accused the city of Chicago of essentially recouping its losses from the sale of its parking meters from the pockets of low-income city residents and others dinged with parking tickets, fines and fees they called unconstitutionally excessive.

Judge: Legal fight can continue over whether to build Obama Center in Jackson Park

By Jonathan Bilyk | Feb 19, 2019

While stressing the ruling has nothing to do with the question of which side will ultimately win the fight over whether the Obama Presidential Center will be built in Jackson Park, a federal judge will allow that fight to continue to play out in court.

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