An investigation into the workplace culture of Illinois House Speaker Michael J. Madigan’s office found his former chief of staff contributed to a widespread culture of bullying throughout the Capitol system. Madigan is pictured at the Illinois Democratic County Chairs' Association brunch in Springfield on Aug. 14. – Capitol News Illinois photo/Jerry Nowicki

House speaker’s ex-chief fueled ‘bullying’ culture

A legislative watchdog has substantiated harassment claims against a former top Democratic aide, though other harassment and retaliation claims could not be proven.

Judge: Buyer of historic building didn't inherit trademark

A real estate investment firm bought a historic building, but not the rights to the brand that once operated there, a federal judge ruled earlier this month.

Cook County Dems complete slate for judicial, county posts

The Cook County Democratic Party on Friday announced its slate of judicial and countywide candidates for the March 17, 2020, primary. These candidates will be able to use the party’s resources in the run-up to the primary, including help on circulating petitions, which starts Sept. 2.

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.

Amicus Curious

Fox Rothschild attorney serves as dealmaker in cannabis boom

When William Bogot spoke with the Daily Law Bulletin, he’d just helped engineer what could be the largest legal cannabis deal in American history.

Estate suit revived on code error

A state appeals panel on Friday called for an encore in the legal battle over the estate of the former Lyric Opera of Chicago CEO.

FOIA suit brings order to release officer photos

A journalist seeking photos of Chicago Police Department officers has a right to access the images under the state’s public records law, a Cook County judge ruled last week.

Pritzker continues to sign new legislation, nearly 50 in one day

Of the 599 bills passed during the spring legislative session, Gov. J.B. Pritzker signed nearly 50 of them last Friday — including one that adds an aggravating factor if a defendant commits public indecency during an administrative hearing while incarcerated.

Holding cell graffiti not admissible

A defendant’s graffiti, scribbled on the walls of a St. Clair County holding cell ahead of his criminal trial, was not fair game for prosecutors to share with jurors.

Courts & Cases

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Trial Notebook


Old practice has no role in new case

In a federal case from Wisconsin where a surety company that issued a payment bond for the 31st Street Harbor project in Chicago invoked the ancient remedy of quia timet after one of the principals allegedly failed to pay subcontractors, the surety argued for application of Illinois law; the contractor relied on Wisconsin precedent; and as part of its choice-of-law analysis the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals explained that several factors “weigh heavily in favor of applying Illinois law,” because “Illinois’ law on quia timet is more developed than that of Wisconsin.”

Legal History


August 21

See if you know what happened on this day in Legal History with Karen Conti.

Origination Station


Stop speaking to hear yourself: Know your audience and deliver

Many of the attorneys that hire me to help them with legal business development efforts are struggling with how to get better results with their public speaking.

Opening Statement


At Windy City Playhouse, an inadvisable ‘Recommendation’

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

Sports Marketing Playbook


Edgy sponsorship deals featuring outspoken athletes are trending

An increasing number of U.S. athletes and sponsors are teaming up to embrace hot-button social justice issues and actively court controversy, following the high-profile trail blazed by Nike and former National Football League quarterback Colin Kaepernick.

Lex Sportiva


ADA standards may put MLB parks in a bind

Fans in wheelchairs often face added difficulty when searching for a perfect seat at the ballpark. With fewer handicap accessible seats near the front row or infield, standing spectators frequently block the view of the action on the field.



NBA labor contract appears to be paper thin

At the conclusion of every case, I remind my clients of their essential responsibility of ensuring the enforcement of their settlement contract or judgment. I emphasize to them the notion that without enforcement, rules are just words on a piece of paper.

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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