'The mold of what people think a judge should be': Retired state Supreme Court Justice Thomas Fitzgerald remembered, mourned
After a decade on Illinois’ state high court and decades more on the Cook County bench, Justice Tom Fitzgerald left a mark on the state and the law, thanks to “an old-school,” scholarly judicial temperament and approach, tempered by a warm, kind heart, say those who came to know him during his years presiding in courtrooms in Chicago and Springfield. Fitzgerald, 74, died Sunday, Nov. 1, at his home, according to a release from the Illinois Supreme Court.
A Chicago attorney is taking another shot at bringing a class action against a northwest suburban village over claims it includes too much personal information on the parking tickets it issues, arguing that, while federal courts rejected an earlier suit he argued over the ticket received by one particular man, the courts never formally dealt with his class allegations that the village's practices violated privacy rights of potentially thousands of others.
A Chicago television station is facing legal action from a Chicago dentist covered in an investigative report aired by the station about one year ago. Irfan Atcha, a dentist who has practiced since 1996, is pursuing a defamation lawsuit against Chicago ABC affiliate station WLS-TV, as well as against ABC itself and ABC’s parent company, Disney. Atcha is a Chicago resident. He operates Dyer Family Dentistry in Dyer, Ind., as well as No Dentures, of Chicago.