31, Jul 2014 - Moody's says court ruling is negative for Illinois pension reform
The Illinois Supreme Court's ruling extending constitutional protection to public sector retiree health care is a negative credit factor for Illinois, Chicago and local governments seeking to alter pension benefits, Moody's Investors Service said on Friday. The 6-to-1 decision on July 3 allowed the continuation of class-action challenges to a 2012 Illinois law that gave the state the right to ...
31, Jul 2014 - Judge: Illinois can close developmental center
CHICAGO (AP) â€” A federal judge has ruled that the state of Illinois has the authority to close a southern Illinois center for people with developmental disabilities.
30, Jul 2014 - Chicago, IL Michael P. Cogan Appointed as Co-Chair of Illinois Trial Lawyers Associationâ€™s Medical Negligence
Michael P. Cogan was recently appointed as co-chairperson of the Medical Negligence Committee of the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association. (PRWeb July 23, 2014) Read the full story at http://www.prweb.com/releases/2014/07/prweb12039352.htm
30, Jul 2014 - The Skanner Newspaper - NCAA Creates $70 Million Fund to Settle Head-Injury Suit
In this Nov. 27, 2004 file photo, Bloomington High School running back Adrian Arrington tries to clear a pile of Providence Catholic defenders during the Class 6A championship football game in Champaign, Ill. Arrington, who later went on to play at Eastern Illinois in Charleston, is the lead plaintiff in a class-action head injury lawsuit working its way through federal court in Chicago.
30, Jul 2014 - Illinois businessman found guilty of murder seeks new trial
A Cook County judge is expected to schedule a hearing on whether a suburban Chicago businessman convicted of killing his wife should get a new trial.The Southtown Star reports Allan Kustok is set to appear in court Friday. In March, a jury found the 63-year-old guilty of first-degree murder for the 2010 death of his wife, Anita "Jeanie" Kustok.
30, Jul 2014 - Suspect in 1992 slaying of Illinois teen arrested in California
An elderly California man, long suspected in the unsolved killing of a Chicago-area youth 22 years ago, has been arrested in Los Angeles on a murder warrant from Illinois prosecutors, a spokeswoman for the Cook County state's attorney said on Thursday. Robert Serritella, 71, is wanted in the slaying of 15-year-old David Chereck, who vanished on Jan. 1, 1992, on the way home from a bowling alley ...
30, Jul 2014 - Will, IL AP: Illinois man freed after 2 decades in prison
CHICAGO (AP) â€” A suburban Chicago man who insisted during two decades in prison that police framed him for a slaying he did not commit walked out of jail Wednesday morning, hours after a jury in his retrial found him not guilty.
30, Jul 2014 - Chicago, IL Term limits case gets the slow lane to the Supreme Court
The Illinois Supreme Court refused to do an expedited review of a lower court ruling barring a referendum on term limits, backed by GOP gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner, from appearing on November's ballot.
30, Jul 2014 - Chicago woman charged with drug trafficking in Pennsylvania
Written by: Lea Jolan (LJWilson@SBGTV.com) The United States AttorneyĂ˘s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania has charged a Chicago woman Tuesday with traveling in interstate commerce to promote and facilitate drug trafficking. According to United States Attorney Peter Smith, the information alleges that Maria Pina, age 44, a Mexican national who resided in Chicago, Illinois, at the ...
29, Jul 2014 - Blagojevich files new argument in appeal - Quincy Herald-Whig | Illinois & Missouri News, Sports
CHICAGO (AP) - Lawyers for imprisoned former Gov. Rod Blagojevich submitted an additional argument Wednesday to the federal court that's considering his appeal, saying a recent U.S. Supreme Court decision bolsters their contention that the Illinois Democrat never crossed the line from legal political horse trading into corruption.
29, Jul 2014 - Illinois Supreme Court Won't Hear Term Limits Appeal
CHICAGO -- The Illinois Supreme Court won't review a lower court ruling barring a question on lawmaker term limits from appearing on November's ballot.
29, Jul 2014 - Jim Dey: From drama to Obama, Dixon defeat started dominos falling
If defeat was the end for Alan Dixon, it also was the beginning of a shift in Illinois' tectonic political plates. It was January 1992 when, up to his neck in political trouble, Illinois Democratic U.S. Sen. Alan Dixon called an old political friend to ask for help in the upcoming March primary. But the man at the other end of the line â€” Chicago lawyer and fundraiser extraordinaire Lou Susman ...
29, Jul 2014 - Chicago, IL Schaumburg Family Lawyer Named Top 10 Attorney Under 40 in Illinois
Schaumburg lawyer Robert J. Boszko of Anderson & Associates, P.C. has been named a Top 10 Family Law Attorney Under 40 in Illinois by the National Academy of Family Law Attorneys. (PRWeb July 25, 2014) Read the full story at http://www.prweb.com/releases/schaumburg-family-law/anderson-and-associates/prweb12048459.htm
29, Jul 2014 - Group files appeal in term limits decision
CHICAGO (AP) - A group pushing for lawmaker term limits has filed a court appeal to get their question on November's ballot. The Committee for Legislative Reform and Term Limits filed a motion Tuesday with Illinois' First District Appellate Court asking it to reverse a June Cook County ...
29, Jul 2014 - Summary of NCAA head injury settlement - Quincy Herald-Whig | Illinois & Missouri News, Sports
A filing in federal court in Chicago on Tuesday notified a U.S. district judge that lawyers for former college athletes and the NCAA reached a settlement in a class-action lawsuit after nearly a year of talks.
29, Jul 2014 - Cook, IL Illinois man freed after 2 decades in prison
A suburban Chicago man who insisted during two decades in prison that police framed him for a slaying he did not commit walked out of jail Wednesday morning, hours after a jury in his retrial found him not guilty. Rodell Sanders, 49, said after Tuesday's verdict that although he will continue to pursue a lawsuit against the Chicago Heights Police Department, detectives and others, he would first ...
28, Jul 2014 - Domestic violence victims can seek advice from 'Virtual Legal Clinic'
Service is being expanded to 40 counties in Illinois, including Vermilion and Coles. Victims in Vermilion County will soon be able to get free advice from Chicago lawyers DANVILLE â€” A program to help domestic violence victims get limited legal advice is about to open in Vermilion County. read more
28, Jul 2014 - Supreme Court ruling signals trouble for state, Chicago
The Illinois Supreme Court ruled today that subsidized health care premiums for retired state employees are protected under the Illinois Constitution.
28, Jul 2014 - Illinois insurance subsidies in place for now
CHICAGO (AP) â€” Officials say Illinois health insurance customers shouldn't feel any immediate effect of a federal appeals court panel's ruling as a confusing legal battle continues over Presidâ€¦
28, Jul 2014 - Chicago, IL Disgraced police Cmdr. Burge can keep pension: Illinois High Court
In a split vote, the Illinois Supreme Court today upheld a Cook County judge's ruling that allows disgraced former police commander Jon Burge to keep his pension.
28, Jul 2014 - Lake, IL Illinois lawmakers take testimony on prisons
CHICAGO (AP) â€” A legislative committee is gathering information on ways to address Illinois' prison population.
28, Jul 2014 - Chicago, IL Illinois Supreme Court rules Burge can keep his pension
A decision today by Illinois Supreme Court that allows disgraced former Chicago police Cmdr. Jon Burge to keep his pension despite his felony conviction was called â€śan extremely disturbing outcomeâ€ť by an attorney who has been involved in litigation against Burge for more than a quarter of a century.
27, Jul 2014 - Highland Park, IL DUI ruling upheld in Illinois 5-year-old's death
A judge has upheld the conviction of a woman accused of aggravated DUI in the car crash death of a girl in suburban Chicago.
27, Jul 2014 - Elgin, IL Lawyer: Former state rep. charged with child porn talking about possible plea deal
CHICAGO -- A lawyer for a former Illinois state representative charged with child pornography has told a federal judge his client is talking with prosecutors about a possible plea agreement.That word cameÂ ThursdayÂ at a status hearing in Chicago for Keith Farnham. The 66-year-old Elgin Democrat has pleaded not guilty to possessing, receiving and transporting child pornography. [...]
27, Jul 2014 - Will, IL Illinois lawmakers look to ease prison crowding
CHICAGO (AP) â€” A group of legislators is looking for new ways to address crime in Illinois communities and overcrowding in the state's prisons and jails.
27, Jul 2014 - Chicago, IL Illinois Supreme Court: Disgraced former CPD Cmdr. Jon Burge can keep pension
In a split vote, the Illinois Supreme Court upheld a Cook County judgeâ€™s ruling that allows disgraced former Chicago police commander Jon Burge to keep receiving his pension. In 2010, Burge was convicted of lying about police torture tactics that secured forced confessions from innocent men. A city pension board said he is still entitled to his [â€¦]
27, Jul 2014 - Chicago, IL Judge: No to term limits, redistricting measures
CHICAGO (AP) - Measures that would allow Illinois voters to decide on lawmaker term limits and a new political redistricting process can't appear on November's ballot, a judge ruled Friday, in a decision that could be a setback for Republican gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner. Cook County Circuit Court ...
27, Jul 2014 - More Illinois counties could join camera program
CHICAGO (AP) â€” Half a dozen counties in a central Illinois judicial district could soon join a pilot project that allows cameras in court.
27, Jul 2014 - Elgin, IL Lawyer: Farnham talking about possible deal
CHICAGO (AP) â€” A lawyer for a former Illinois state representative charged with child pornography has told a federal judge his client is talking with prosecutors about a possible plea agreement.
27, Jul 2014 - Chicago, IL Two Years After Sending Son To Ireland, Momâ€™s Custody Battle Continues
Two years after a federal judge ordered her son sent back to Ireland to live with his father, an Orland Park woman is still fighting to get sole custody of the 7-year-old boy and bring him back to Illinois.
27, Jul 2014 - Cook, IL Chicago inmate gouges his eyes: Cost of not caring
Officers outfit an inmate with a hockey mask and thick gloves to keep him from gouging out his eye. / Handout, Cooke County Sheriff's Office The grim story of a 35-year-old man, recently returned to an Illinois prison on a probation violation, represents much of what is wrong with the criminal justice system and its de facto role as repository for the mentally ill, law enforcement officials say.
05, Apr 2014 - U.S. judge tosses law firm's motion seeking Malaysia plane evidence
An Illinois judge on Monday dismissed a U.S. law firm's motion to obtain evidence of possible design and manufacturing defects from Boeing Co and Malaysian Airline System in connection with the disappearance of flight MH370 three weeks earlier. Cook County Judge Kathy Flanagan also threatened to impose sanctions against Ribbeck Law Chartered, citing previous instances where the Chicago-based law ...
04, Apr 2014 - Chicago, IL Gay couples can now get Illinois marriage licenses
Chicago â€” Illinois' attorney general says county clerks statewide can immediately begin issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples even though the state law legalizing gay marriage doesn't take effect until June.
04, Apr 2014 - Rockford, IL Illinois Court: Eavesdropping Law Unconstitutional
CHICAGO -- The Illinois Supreme Court has declared the state's decades-old eavesdropping law unconstitutional.
04, Apr 2014 - Jackson, IL Illinois voters say 'no' to candidates who were convicted, indicted
Chicago may have a long and colorful history of political corruption, but voters will only take so much. In Tuesday's Democratic primary, a Chicago candidate who served a prison term for bribery and another due to go on trial on similar charges this spring both lost their races, despite predictions of local political observers, according to results available Wednesday. "It appears there is a ...
04, Apr 2014 - Eavesdropping law unconstitutional
CHICAGO -- The Illinois Supreme Court on Thursday declared one of the nation's toughest eavesdropping laws unconstitutional, which will likely force state legislators to overhaul the privacy legislation. The 1961 Illinois Eavesdropping Act, which mad
04, Apr 2014 - Court: Illinois eavesdropping law unconstitutional
CHICAGO â€” Illinois' Supreme Court declared one of the nation's toughest eavesdropping laws unconstitutional, saying Thursday that the law was so overly broad that it would technically make the recording of screaming fans at a football game a crime. The ruling is the final defeat for the Illinois Eavesdropping Act, ...
04, Apr 2014 - Chicago, IL USA, Illinois: Cook County Issues Almost 600 Marriage Licenses to Same Sex Couples
Couples have been quick to take advantage of the chance to marry early in Chicago. The Cook County clerk's office says it has issued 575 marriage licenses to same-sex couple in the month since it was allowed by a court ruling.
04, Apr 2014 - Williamson, IL Federal Court in Illinois Imposes over $3.5 Million in Sanctions against Dimitry Vishnevetsky and h
Washington, DC â€” The U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) obtained a federal court Order requiring Defendants Dimitry Vishnevetsky formerly of Chicago, Illinois, and his company, Oxford Capital, LLC (Oxford) to pay a civil monetary penalty of $1,910,982 and restitution for defrauded customers totaling $1,608,327. The default judgment Order, entered by the Honorable Ruben Castillo of ...
04, Apr 2014 - Court deals Illinois eavesdropping law final blow
CHICAGO (AP) â€” Illinois' Supreme Court declared one of the nation's toughest eavesdropping laws unconstitutional, saying Thursday that the statute was so overly broad that it would technically make the recording of screaming fans at a football game a crime.
04, Apr 2014 - Final blow for Illinois eavesdropping law as state supreme court declares it unconstitutional
CHICAGO â€” Illinois' Supreme Court declared one of the nation's toughest eavesdropping laws unconstitutional, saying Thursday that the statute was so overly broad that it would technically make the recording of screaming fans at a football game a crime.