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Judge slaps down Illinois Election Day voter registration system, saying it dilutes rural citizens' rights

Jonathan Bilyk Sep. 27, 2016, 5:25pm

A federal judge has prohibited Illinois’ most populated counties from continuing to register voters at polling places on Election Day, saying the way the system is currently set up in the state violates the rights of people voting in Illinois’ more rural regions.

Group connected to Madigan, Emanuel sues to block redistricting amendment from ballot

Jonathan Bilyk May 13, 2016, 9:07am

An attorney connected to powerful Democratic Illinois House Speaker Michael J. Madigan has filed suit in Cook County Circuit Court to block a referendum from landing on the ballot, which would ask Illinois voters to reform the way Illinois creates the legislative districts from which state lawmakers are elected.

Social service providers sue Rauner for vetoing appropriations, demand state pay $100 million

Jonathan Bilyk May 4, 2016, 2:05pm

A group of more than five dozen Illinois social service agencies have sued Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner and a collection of state agencies, alleging the governor’s decision to veto three appropriation bills in June 2015 has provided cover for the state to unconstitutionally refuse to pay them more than $100 million they are collectively owed for services rendered under contracts with the state of Illinois.

Illinois law granting hospitals tax exemption struck down by appellate court as unconstitutional

Jonathan Bilyk Jan. 8, 2016, 4:15pm

A state appellate panel has struck down an Illinois law providing tax exemptions to hospitals, saying lawmakers erred under the state constitution in believing hospitals should be able to avoid paying property taxes because they may provide enough benefits to their communities to offset the millions of dollars in tax revenue lost to cities, counties, school districts and other local property tax-collecting entities. On Jan. 5, a three-justice panel of the Illinois Fourth District Appellate Cour

John Crane says Ford lawyers' asbestos sanctions motion a 'witch hunt' to advance 'implausible conspiracy theory'

Jonathan Bilyk Dec. 8, 2015, 12:56pm

A manufacturer named as a defendant in about 75,000 asbestos personal injury cases nationwide has pushed back against a request for sanctions from lawyers representing Ford Motor Company, who have accused their client of being a “shill” to prevent other defendants from transferring cases out of Cook County Circuit Court, saying Ford has no basis to support an “implausible conspiracy theory” serving as a pretense for the chance to fish for privileged information.

Sanctions sought against asbestos lawyers for using John Crane as 'shill' to keep cases in Cook County

Jonathan Bilyk Nov. 30, 2015, 7:35am

Attorneys for defendants in a Cook County asbestos case have brought an action against the opposing counsel in the case, asking the court to punish the plaintiff’s attorneys and the counsel for John Crane Inc., one of the other defendants named in the case, for their alleged use of Crane as a "shill" to prevent defendants from transferring the case and others like it out of Cook County Circuit Court.

Survey says Madison, Cook counties, state of Illinois, rank among worst environments for lawsuits in country

Jonathan Bilyk Sep. 10, 2015, 5:11pm

The courts of Cook and Madison counties, as well as the state of Illinois, have again ranked very poorly in the eyes of business leaders, a survey says, hampering the state’s economic growth, reducing the state’s tax haul, and making it more difficult to pay Illinois’ bills and provide needed public services, according to Ill.

Court: Comcast must disclose ID of commenter accused of calling politician ‘Sandusky waiting to be exposed’

Jonathan Bilyk Jun. 18, 2015, 1:58pm

The assumption of an online moniker may not be enough to allow online commenters to remain cloaked in anonymity and exempt from a defamation action, should they use their moniker in an online forum to unjustifiably accuse another person of a crime, the Illinois Supreme Court has ruled. On Thursday, June 18, the state’s high court unanimously upheld the rulings of both a Stephenson County judge and the Illinois Second District Appellate Court, which had both held Internet service provider Comcas

Court: Comcast must disclose ID of commenter accused of calling politician ‘Sandusky waiting to be exposed’

Jonathan Bilyk Jun. 18, 2015, 1:54pm


Rauner’s federal fair share fee suit vs. unions dismissed; Non-union workers cleared to continue litigation

Jonathan Bilyk May 20, 2015, 11:41am


Illinois Supreme Court strikes down state pension reform law, rejects state’s police powers argument

Jonathan Bilyk May 8, 2015, 1:34pm


Lawyer adds another layer to ongoing Freed & Weiss dispute; Sues accounting firm

Jonathan Bilyk Oct. 3, 2014, 10:01am

CHICAGO - A lawyer embroiled in a protracted legal fight with a former law partner over the messy dissolution of their erstwhile firm has set his sights on the firm’s accounting firm that happens to employ his former partner’s father.

ARDC panel recommends 30-month suspension for Weiss in five-year-old case over sexual harassment allegations

Jonathan Bilyk Apr. 21, 2014, 12:51pm

A Chicago area lawyer accused of sexually harassing five former female employees, a neighbor and a stranger on the street should be suspended for 30 months, a panel of the Illinois Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission Hearing Board said earlier this month.

Seventh Circuit remands class action for determination on potential damages to resolve jursidictional fight

Jonathan Bilyk Apr. 16, 2014, 1:12pm


Appellate court rules on ongoing dispute over dissolution of Freed and Weiss law firm

Jonathan Bilyk Dec. 23, 2013, 5:16pm


Insurance group sues federal agency over new rule targeting discrimination in housing practices; says it could increase costs for everyone

Jonathan Bilyk Dec. 3, 2013, 6:26pm