CHICAGO - A federal judge has ruled a lawsuit against the Illinois Department of Corrections alleging inadequate health care in prisons may cover all inmates with serious medical needs in every state facility.

     The ruling by U.S. District Judge Jorge Alonso means thousands of inmates could be affected by the class-action lawsuit.

County Sues Abbott Laboratories for Drug Addiction

Apr 20, 2017

A county in Southern Illinois beset by drug addiction is suing Chicago-area Abbott Laboratories for its alleged role in the opioid epidemic.  The lawsuit claims drug manufacturers Abbott Laboratories and Purdue Pharma knew prescription opioids were addictive - but aggressively marketed them anyway.  St. Clair County State’s Attorney Brendan Kelly filed the lawsuit today.

A lawyer for a onetime business associate of Dennis Hastert says his client could appeal a judge's dismissal of a 2013 lawsuit against the imprisoned former U.S. House speaker.   J. David John alleged Hastert used federal funds for private business after leaving Congress. 

Transit Agency Sues Comptroller

Apr 3, 2017

Another lawsuit stemming from the Illinois budget impasse could have a big effect on transit agencies outside the Chicago area.  For two bucks you can ride a River Valley Metro bus from Bourbonnais to Midway Airport.  But Rob Hoffman who runs the Transit District says that service has been reduced and the buses need an upgrade.

Two state workers who joined Illinois Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner's lawsuit arguing labor unions shouldn't be allowed to collect fees from non-members say they're appealing to the U.S. Supreme Court.  The Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a lower-court ruling that allowed unions to collect the "fair share" fees from workers covered by collective bargaining agreements. 

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A group of Illinois contractors is accusing Gov. Bruce Rauner of violating the state Constitution.

Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner's administration has filed a lawsuit over the way Illinois' comptroller is handling employee pay. The lawsuit says Democratic Comptroller Suzanna Mendoza is violating a 2015 court order. It contends the paychecks of 587 Central Management Services employees could be disrupted if the matter is not resolved by Wednesday. 


Craig Breedlove has settled a lawsuit filed against a Chicago museum he says damaged the jet car he used to set a land-speed record at the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah in 1964.  Breedlove was seeking $395,000 from the Museum of Science and Industry to cover estimated repair costs.  79-year-old Breedlove and the museum say the agreement resolves the lawsuit, but terms of the settlement have not been disclosed.

Illinois' wealthy governor is calling for state legislators to go without pay. 

State legislators last received paychecks in June.

That's according to the comptroller's office, which is responsible for the delay.  The comptroller has put elected officials' pay in a queue, along with $10 billion of other overdue bills Illinois can't afford to immediately pay.

A group of Democratic representatives are suing to reinstate their monthly income.

Gov. Bruce Rauner criticized them in a video message.

The union that’s representing 30,000 state workers is suing Governor Bruce Rauner.  It filed a lawsuit late yesterday in Saint Clair County circuit court.  AFSCME spokesman Anders Lindall says Rauner is starting to implement a new state contract before the law allows.

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An Illinois judge says a lawsuit filed by a sexual abuse victim against former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert can go forward.  The suit was filed in April by a man who contends the former Illinois Republican congressman owes him $1.8 million of the $3.5 million he was promised to stay silent about the abuse. Hastert's attorneys had asked the judge to dismiss the lawsuit.

A federal judge has granted preliminary approval of a settlement in a lawsuit alleging Illinois violates parolees' rights by returning them to prison for supposed violations after rushed, haphazard hearings.  Attorneys who filed the suit in 2013 heralded the settlement. They say it will help make the system fairer, including by ensuring parolees' access to lawyers.

A newly filed lawsuit says thousands of poor, largely African-American inmates are being held improperly at the Cook County jail because they cannot afford to post cash bail.  The lawsuit filed by attorneys for two inmates, Zachary Robinson and Michael Lewis, seeks class-action status on behalf of others in jail custody. It names several Cook County judges and Sheriff Tom Dart as defendants. 

A woman who says she watched a white Chicago police officer fatally shoot a black teenager, has filed a federal lawsuit that alleges police pressured her to change her account or "forget" what she saw.  Alma Benitez says police detained her for hours, and falsely told her the dashcam video contradicted what she said happened on Oct. 20, 2014, when officer Jason Van Dyke shot 17-year-old Laquan McDonald 16 times. 

A group of social service providers that sued the state over lack of payment are pushing forward with their case. But the coalition has shrunk. The Pay Now Coalition used to have nearly one hundred members. 

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A longtime Chicago police officer has been accused in a federal lawsuit of beating a mentally disabled man while off duty last year, sticking his gun in his mouth, and filing a false police report to cover up the incident.  The suit was filed on behalf of Oeinna Jackson, the aunt and legal guardian of 19-year-old Nathaniel Taylor, who has a cognitive disability.

Social Service Agencies to Remain Partially Unpaid

Aug 31, 2016

Almost 100 social service agencies in Illinois were dealt a blow in a Cook County courtroom this afternoon.  A Cook County judge dismissed their lawsuit against the state of Illinois.  The agencies were trying to force the state to fully pay them for work they were contracted to do during the year-long budget impasse.  

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Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan has filed a lawsuit against a Phoenix-based pharmaceutical company for alleged deceptive marketing of an opioid drug meant for cancer patients.  The lawsuit claims Insys Therapeutics Inc. marketed its sublingual fentanyl spray Subsys to doctors who prescribed large amounts of painkillers instead of to cancer doctors.

A federal judge is determining whether a transgender student in northwest suburban Palatine can use the girl’s locker room.

Judge Jeffrey Gilbert heard legal arguments for 4 and a half hours today.

School District 211, which includes Palatine, is currently allowing a transgender student who identifies as female to use the girl’s locker room.

Jeremy Tedesco is an attorney for students who don’t want her to use the girl’s locker room while their lawsuit goes through the courts.

The compromise that led to a stopgap state budget is not stopping a lawsuit asking the state to pay up for services already provided.  For 12 months, social service providers had contracts with the State of Illinois to perform services.  But they weren’t paid because there was no budget.

A judge has ordered Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel to give a deposition in a lawsuit filed by eight Chicago police officers who say they were removed from his security detail for political reasons after he took office in 2011.

Attorneys involved in a lawsuit brought by social service providers working without state pay for nearly a year are due in court next month. 

Supporters of changing how Illinois draws its legislative maps are defending their effort in court. 

The initiative is facing a lawsuit, similar to one that brought down a redistricting plan two years ago. Both attempts would have a commission to draw districts, instead of lawmakers themselves.

Social service providers working without state payments for nearly a year are accelerating a lawsuit against the state by seeking immediate payments and adding plaintiffs.  Pay Now Illinois filed an amended complaint in Cook County on behalf of 82 groups. The lawsuit includes 18 new providers seeking payments for contracts over 60 days unpaid.  

An effort to change who draws legislative boundaries in Illinois has hit a hurdle.  A lawsuit has been filed to prevent voters from ever seeing the question on the November ballot.   The ballot initiative seeks to change the state constitution - in theory to make the process of drawing legislative boundaries non-partisan.  But a lawsuit has been filed against it.

The Illinois Senate has adopted a plan that would create a uniform, interstate process for drawing political boundaries.  Chicago Democratic Sen. Kwame Raoul's plan was adopted 42-6. 

Five dozen social service agencies have been working without pay for nearly a year because of the Illinois state budget stalemate. The  group of 64 contract providers claim they're owed $100 million.

Dozens of families are taking legal action in a bid to stop a suburban Chicago school district from allowing a transgender student to use a girls' locker room. 

A group of suburban Chicago nuns are trying to shut down a strip club next to its convent.  They claim several of the club's exotic dancers are involved in prostitution and drug use.

Television home renovation expert Bob Vila is suing a northern Illinois public relations specialist whom he claims falsely purported to represent him to sell celebrity endorsement rights to promoters of Midwest home improvement shows.