News from May 2014

Suit dismissed vs construction company accused of using minority-owned businesses to obtain city contracts

By Jonathan Bilyk | May 1, 2014

A federal judge has dismissed a RICO action brought against the owner of a Burr Ridge-based construction company accused of fraudulently inflating how much it was paying minority subcontractors in order to win contracts for the Chicago Park District.

Illinois admits 691 new lawyers; nearly 500 sworn in at three separate ceremonies in Chicago

By Bethany Krajelis | May 1, 2014

The state's roster of attorneys grew by nearly 700 today following bar admission ceremonies held throughout the state, including a first-time ever trio in the First District.Out of the 691 attorneys set to be admitted today, the largest group --474-- took the oath here in Chicago. This year marked the first time the First District ceremony was split into three and at the James R. Thompson Center's

Chicago's red light camera program set to face Supreme Court May 20 in Ottawa

By Bethany Krajelis | May 2, 2014

The Illinois Supreme Court will hear arguments later this month over a challenge to Chicago’s red light camera program.This case -- Elizabeth Keating et al. v. City of Chicago—is one of 13 slated for the court’s May term, the last one expected to take place in Chicago before arguments return to Springfield, where the court's building has been under renovation since last year. Arguments will be heard

Alleged attack spurs suit against dog owner

By Ben Hart | May 2, 2014

A Cook County woman is suing a dog owner after being attacked by the dog while in her front yard. Danita Wilson filed a lawsuit April 29 in the Cook County Circuit Court against Lisa Mooney, citing negligence and the state's Animal Control Act.Wilson claims she suffered injuries when the defendant's dog attacked her while she was in her front yard on Darrow Avenue in Chicago. According to the suit,

Bicyclist's claim over pothole injury lands in court

By Annie Cosby | May 2, 2014

FisherA man who alleges he was injured when his bicycle hit a pothole is suing the city.Carlos A. Campo filed a lawsuit April 29 in the Cook County Circuit Court against the City of Chicago, citing negligence and willful and wanton misconduct.According to the complaint, Campo was riding his bike in North Elston Avenue's bicycle lane on May 5, 2009, when he hit a pothole in an area with insufficient

River North nightclub hit with suit by patron who claims security guards punched, kicked him

By Ben Hart | May 2, 2014

A patron of Bodi nightclub is suing over allegations security guards assaulted him.

ARDC: attorney disciplinary complaints dropped in 2013, but high court sanctions spiked

By Bethany Krajelis | May 2, 2014

Although fewer investigations and attorney disciplinary complaints were lodged last year than in 2012, the Illinois Supreme Court handed down more sanctions in 2013, according to a report from the state’s disciplinary commission.

Woman accuses Pace of disability discrimination, unlawful termination

By Ben Hart | May 5, 2014

A Belvidere woman is suing her former employer, claiming she was unlawfully fired.

Former Chicago Bears players' suit joins other "Super Bowl Shuffle" dispute in federal court; parties likely to face off over venue

By Kenneth Lowe | May 5, 2014

Nearly three decades years after the fact, the "Super Bowl Shuffle" remains a fond memory for Chicago Bears fans.

Silver Cross Hospital, others face med-mal claim over woman's death following C-section

By Ben Hart | May 5, 2014

CapraSilver Cross Hospital and Medical Centers and others are being sued after a patient died from complications of a Caesarean delivery.Travis Griggs, as administrator of the Estate of Megan Griggs, filed a medical malpractice lawsuit April 25 in the Cook County Circuit Court against Silver Cross Hospital and Medical Centers, Bush and Associates Ltd., Dr. Maureen S. Mietelski and registered nurse

Blue line derailment results in another suit against CTA

By Ben Hart | May 5, 2014

The city's transit authority is facing another lawsuit over the March blue line derailment at the O'Hare Airport station.

Karmeier files retention papers for November election

By Ann Knef | May 5, 2014

KarmeierIllinois Supreme Court Justice Lloyd Karmeier has filed candidacy papers with the Illinois Secretary of State’s office to seek another 10-year term in November.While judges seeking retention had until Sunday to file declarations of judicial candidacy, Karmeier submitted his paperwork on April 7, according to an employee at the Secretary of State Index Office.Once the Secretary of State's office

Estate administrator accuses Renaissance of violating nursing home care laws

By Whitney Brakken | May 6, 2014

A Chicago nursing home is being sued over claims a resident sustained injuries while in its care that ultimately led to her death.

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