Chief Cook County Circuit Judge Timothy C. Evans speaks with reporters in a Daley Center hallway after he was voted into a record seventh term in office. – Jordyn Reiland

Evans wins seventh term as chief judge

Cook County Circuit Judge Timothy C. Evans on Thursday won election to a seventh term as the court’s chief judge.

SCOTUS OKs enforcement of new asylum rule

The U.S. Supreme Court is allowing nationwide enforcement of a new Trump administration rule that prevents most Central American migrants from seeking asylum in the United States.

Chief judge vote set for Thursday

In a closed-door vote Thursday, Cook County’s circuit judges will decide whether Chief Judge Timothy C. Evans will retain his position or if a different bench colleague will take on the role.

Amicus Curious

Chicago attorney led legal effort in $725M forced-buyout dispute

When biotech pioneer Dr. Wayne Ryan was forced out of the multimillion-dollar company he founded and led for decades, there was bound to be a legal dispute.

In Chambers

In juvenile court, Ramirez rewards good schoolwork

When Cook County Circuit Judge Cynthia Ramirez took the bench in the court’s Juvenile Justice Division five years ago, she didn’t want to just hear cases. She made it her goal to create a courtroom “theme” around the importance of education.

Law Firm Leaders

Ex-congressman returns to law with years of political know-how

Former U.S. Rep. Peter Roskam, who recently joined Sidley Austin LLP as a partner, has only lost two elections during his 25-year career in elected office.

Challenge to Illinois’ ‘red flag’ gun law dismissed

A federal judge dismissed an Army officer’s lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of an Illinois law that allows police and relatives to seek emergency orders barring certain people from possessing firearms.

Seeger confirmed for Northern District seat

Steven C. Seeger will be leaving his job with the Securities and Exchange Commission in Chicago to take a seat on the federal trial bench.

County approves $3M settlement after surgical mistake at Stroger

The family of a woman who died following an adrenalectomy settled its lawsuit against Cook County for $3 million.

Falsely arrested nine times, man can continue to pursue his lawsuit

A man arrested multiple times on a warrant for a murder suspect with the same name got the go-ahead to pursue a civil rights lawsuit against the Will County Sheriff’s Office.

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Trial Notebook


Veil-piercing effort leads to $800,000

Unable to collect on an $800,835 Indiana judgment against Northridge Builders Inc., Anthony and Mary Carol Puntillo sued Dave Knecht Homes LLC and David and Karen Knecht in Chicago alleging (1) Dave Knecht Homes was a “mere continuation” of Northridge and (2) the Knechts were personally liable for the state court award because Northridge was their “alter ego.”

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Opening Statement


Mercury’s medieval-mockery musical ‘Spamalot’ is one to see

As a midsized venue, Lakeview’s Mercury Theater has been quite successful in presenting musicals with complex and unusual special effects, costuming and characters.

Sports Marketing Playbook


New social media marketing site spotlights lesser-known athletes

Athletes have been treated as bona fide celebrities for decades with marquee players achieving a similar level of fame as music and acting luminaries. Yet relatively few athletes hit this celebrity stratosphere and, in general, athletes tend to struggle more than other celebrities and influencers to build their own personal brands.

Lex Sportiva


California case may turn TV rights question on its collective ear

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals reversed the a U.S. District Court’s dismissal of an antitrust action brought against the NFL and DirecTV for its Sunday Ticket television package on Aug. 13.

Opening Statement


At Windy City Playhouse, an inadvisable ‘Recommendation’

Immersive theater, where a staged production interacts with the audience, is an age-old tradition.

Social Scene


WBAI golf outing

The Women’s Bar Association of Illinois held its 24th annual WBAI Golf Outing Friday at Glenview Park Golf Club. The event drew 120 golfers including, from left, Betsy Nelson, WBAI President Corinne C. Heggie, Deane Brown and Annika Mitchell. The outing also featured a cocktail and dinner reception as well as raffle prizes such as signed Chicago Bears jerseys, boat cruises and hotel getaways.

Autopsy on Epstein

New York City medical examiner personnel leave their vehicle and walk to the Manhattan Correctional Center where financier Jeffrey Epstein died by suicide Saturday in New York while awaiting trial on sex-trafficking charges. Story on page 3. AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews

Acting FBI director Andrew McCabe listens on Capitol Hill in Washington in 2017, while testifying before a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing on major threats facing the U.S. McCabe, a frequent target of President Donald Trump’s ire, sued the FBI and the Justice Department on Thursday over his firing. The lawsuit says the firing was part of Trump’s plan to rid the bureau of leaders he perceived as disloyal to him.

Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard P.C. Chicago managing partner Patrick A. Salvi II (left) was presented with the American Association for Justice’s 2019 Wiedemann & Wysocki Award July 28 at the association’s PAC M-Club Luncheon. Salvi is pictured with his wife Julianna, son Patrick Salvi III, mother Lindy, daughter Victoria, and father Patrick Salvi. The Wiedemann & Wysocki Award recognizes association members committed to the association’s Political Action Committee and the principles of the civil justice system. Photo provided by Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard

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