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Food trucks line up to serve customers and gather petition signatures in this July 2012 photo, taken days before the Chicago City Council passed an ordinance restricting the trucks from parking within 200 feet of restaurants. That ordinance was upheld by the Illinois Supreme Court Thursday, after finding the food truck regulations were not unconstitutional. AP Photo/Sitthixay Ditthavong

Food truck rules survive high court challenge

The state’s top court upheld Chicago’s regulations on food trucks Thursday, affirming appellate and circuit court rulings that found the city could restrict how closely the driveable diners can operate from their bricks-and-mortar brethren.
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With week to go, abortion law rewrite gets second chance

A measure that would rewrite Illinois’ abortion statute — the subject of monthslong debate among advocates on both sides but not lawmakers — is moving out of legislative limbo after months of inaction.
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Kirkland merger expert, Red Cross leader dies

R. Scott Falk, a partner at Kirkland & Ellis LLP who negotiated multibillion-dollar mergers and acquisitions, died Friday at the age of 55.

Union fees case makes yet another SCOTUS run

Democratic Gov. J.B. Pritzker doesn’t agree much with former Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner. But they’ve now both asked the nation’s top court to ignore a plea from plaintiffs who want a refund of union fees.

Jury finds for disposal company after eviction trial

A Cook County jury found in favor of an industrial material disposal company after its landlord attempted to evict the business for allegedly violating its lease.

Chicago lead pipe case gets new shot

A divided state appeals panel on Wednesday revived a class-action effort to hold the city of Chicago liable for elevated levels of lead in residents’ water after replacing mains and meters.

Private ambulance immunity case to high court

The state’s top court will take up a case to decide if a private ambulance company can get the benefit of immunity given to emergency vehicles for a collision its medic was said to cause.

Companies can be sued for gender violence

Citing the U.S. Supreme Court’s controversial opinion in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, among others, a state panel has suggested entities can be treated as people when their employees commit gender-based acts of battery or assault.
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