A Downers Grove police vehicle. A federal judge ruled the western suburb’s enforcement of its anti-panhandling ordinance violated the free-speech rights of two homeless men. – Flickr photo/inventorchris via CC-BY-NC 2.0

Downers Grove violated panhandlers’ rights

Downers Grove police violated the First Amendment rights of two men experiencing homelessness by repeatedly citing them for soliciting money from motorists, a federal judge ruled.

Menards can’t force in-person deposition

The dangers of gathering groups in one room during the COVID-19 pandemic outweigh any advantage that might stem from questioning a litigant in person, a federal judge held.

State regulators grill ComEd execs over fraud admission

SPRINGFIELD — Top executives of utility giant Commonwealth Edison faced tough questions from state regulators Wednesday as they publicly apologized for the lobbying scandal that is forcing the company to pay a $200 million criminal fine.

Corrections Dept. delays draw rebuke from judge

A federal judge blasted the Illinois Department of Corrections for failing to cooperate in discovery in an inmate’s First Amendment lawsuit.

While Douglas art at Capitol may go, ex-justice will stay on high court wall

SPRINGFIELD — The judicial portrait of Stephen A. Douglas will remain on display at the Illinois Supreme Court, even as lawmakers call for the removal of similar Douglas tributes across the street at the Statehouse.

Panel: No duty to defend lounge in patron shooting

An insurer has no duty to defend a nightclub for a fatal attack in its parking lot that resulted in a $3 million judgment.

CPD sgt. sues over YouTube remarks

A Chicago police sergeant filed a lawsuit this week against a Colorado man who in a YouTube video allegedly misidentified him as an officer who gave the middle finger to protestors last month.

No cruller fate: Donut shops not covered

A group of doughnut shop owners sought to recover from wage theft, but an appeals court found a hole in the business’ insurance coverage.
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