Tag: Cook County Circuit Court

County Judge Dismisses Sugary Drink Beverage Lawsuit

Monday, July 31, 2017 || By Thomas Vogel/Forest Park Review || @maywoodnews

A Cook County judge on July 28 dismissed a lawsuit brought by the Illinois Retail Merchants Association (IRMA) aimed at stopping a one-cent-per-ounce tax on sugary beverages.

The tax will go into effect on Aug. 2, according to a press release from Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle.

The ruling, announced last Friday afternoon, comes about a month after the new tax, passed in November 2016, was to be implemented. Friday’s decision is the latest twist in a weeks-long legal battle.

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Woman Sues Morris Meat Market, Alleges Order Led To Mother’s Fatal Injury

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Thursday, November 5, 2015 || Originally Published: Cook County Record || 11/4/15 || By Robert Hadley

A Cook County woman is suing a Maywood meat market, alleging her mother suffered a fatal injury while placing a meat order.

Alfarae Alexander, special administrator of the estate of Rita Godwin, filed a lawsuit Oct. 29 in Cook County Circuit Court against Morris Meat Market Inc. (pictured left) doing business as Morris Meat Market, Meat Packing Company Inc. doing business as Morris Meat Market and Morris Meat Market [sic].

According to the complaint, on July 3, 2014, Godwin was injured when another customer bumped into an empty metal rack in front of the business’ meat counter at 1406 S. Fifth Ave, Maywood. The metal rack “fell with great force” and struck Godwin on the knee. As a result of her injury, the suit says Godwin developed a fatal blood clot that caused her death July 15, 2014.

The plaintiff alleges Morris Meat Market is liable for her mother’s death because it allowed the unstable rack to remain on the floor near customers.

Alexander seeks damages of more than $50,000. She is represented by attorney Rex U. Hunter of the Hunter Law Offices in Chicago.

Cook County Circuit Court case number 2015-L-010970. 

H A P P E N I N G  A R O U N D  T O W N

Saturday, Nov. 7 || 12 PM to 4 PM || Canaan Church Sunday School’s Virtual Holy Land

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Tuesday, Nov. 10 || 11 AM to 3 PM || Triton College Job Fair

River Grove, Ill. – While the unemployment rate for veterans is on the decline nationally, Illinois still reports a 7 percent unemployment rate (2014) – making it higher than the national average which was reported as 5.3 percent in 2014.

Triton College looks to further contribute to this decline by holding a Veterans Job Fair for area veterans from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 10 in the Student Center Cafeteria, B Building.

All veterans in the community and their families are invited to this free job fair to speak with more than 70 area employers who are looking for qualified candidates to fill full-time, part-time and seasonal positions.

Bringing copies of one’s resume is encouraged. Refreshments will be served.

Triton College is located at 2000 Fifth Ave., River Grove. For more information, call (708) 456-0300, Ext. 3805, or visit www.triton.edu.

Saturday, Nov. 21 || 12 PM to 4 PM || Maywood Health Fair 

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Monday, Nov. 23 || 7 PM || Maywood Alternative Policing Strategies Meeting Featuring Commissioner Richard Boykin || Maywood Police Station Council Chambers, 125 S. 5th Ave., Maywood

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District 209 Picks Five Law Firm Finalists; Settles Retaliatory Firing Lawsuit

ProvisoEastTuesday, October 20, 2015 || Originally Published: Forest Park Review || By Jean Lotus

Thirteen law firms submitted bids to become the new legal counsel for Proviso Township High School District 209 after the school board made a request for proposals in September. After a discussion in closed session on Oct. 16, the board chose five to interview face-to-face on Oct. 26.

The firms chosen were firms who have long and wide-ranging experience in both municipal and school district representation, including Franczek-Radelet P.C.; Hauser Izzo, LLC; Hinshaw & Culbertson, LLP; Hodges, Loizzi, Eisenhammer, Rodick & Kohn LLP and Robbins Schwartz/Grasso Bass.

The board graded the 13 proposals on a rubric they developed based on references from other school districts and experience in areas of school law like special education, TIF districts, employee grievance and mediation and student discipline. The board also gave points for Spanish-speaking attorneys on staff and racial diversity among attorneys and staff.

The majority of the board has wanted to replace Del Galdo Law Group since the school board election in April.

Michael Del Galdo and, later, Del Galdo Law Group have served as the district’s counsel since 2007. Del Galdo and his firm are prolific donors to political campaign committees. In the most recent election, the firm gave an in-kind donation of $8,200 for printing costs to the losing Proviso Children’s First Party.

The district’s five new five legal suitors are, for the most part, firms that specialize in education law, representing dozens of school districts. All of the firms are located in Chicago, except for Arlington Heights-based Hodges Loizzi and Oak Brook-based Hauser Izzo. 

In April, a Chicago Tribune analysis determined Proviso District 209 spent $43.19 per student on school district legal bills in fiscal year 2013. That year, the district paid Del Galdo Law Group $182,877 and paid $32,500 to school discipline hearing attorney Brian Carey, according to watchdog site http://www.Openthebooks.com, which uses Illinois State Board of Education documents obtained under the Freedom of Information Act.

Firms that submitted a bid but didn’t make the cut were: Ancel, Glink, Diamond, Bush, DiCianni & Krafthefer, P.C.; Del Galdo Law Group; Klein, Thorpe and Jenkins, Ltd.; Mickey, Wilson, Weiler, Renzi & Andersson, P.C.; Odelson & Sterk; Ottosen Britz Kelly Cooper Gilbert & DiNolfo; Whitt Law, LLC and Whitted Tankiff & Hansen.

Settlement on retaliatory firing suit

The Proviso Township High School District 209 board approved a settlement of $75,000 for a security guard who sued the district for an alleged retaliatory firing that took place in 2013.

In a suit filed in April 7, 2014 in Cook County Circuit Court, Robert Taylor III alleged he discovered that Proviso East Assistant Principal for Educational Services Kisha Lang was using school staff to run personal errands for her. 

Taylor said in the suit that he was fired July 25, 2013 after he told Proviso East Principal Tony Valente and other supervisors about the situation.

Lang was dismissed from the district in September 2014. The board approved the payment to Taylor at a May board meeting. In October, the Forest Park Review received a copy of the settlement agreement under the Freedom of Information Act.

In the agreement, Taylor agreed not to sue the district again, and said he would not “disparage in any way the board, district or its employees publicly or privately.” VFP

Tribune: Chicago Archdiocese Sues for Return of Jewelry Removed from Melrose Park Church

mount carmelThursday, May 14, 2015 || Originally Published: Chicago Tribune || By Meredith Rodriguez

Dozens of gold chains, wedding bands and gold crosses used to adorn statues were illegally removed from Our Lady of Mount Carmel, a Catholic church in Melrose Park, according to a suit filed Wednesday in Cook County Circuit Court.

The Archdiocese of Chicago filed a lawsuit against three people it alleges took the items from a church shrine before and during 2013. The three were members of the Society of the Shrine of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, according to the suit.

The removed jewelry included roughly one dozen large 14-carat gold chains from 16 to 36 inches long, roughly five gold crosses on small chains as well as crowns, pins, precious jewels and broaches. Jewels were also taken from a safe deposit box at a bank, according to the suit. Removed gowns included two infant cream-colored dresses with matching capes, a 1940s-era cream-colored cape and wigs.

The value of the items is “not ascertainable,” but it is more than $100,000, according to the suit.

After written and oral demands were made to return the items, the archdiocese sent a letter last July and another one last month demanding that the items be returned, the suit said.

To read more of this story, click hereVFP

Photo: The shrine of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel. Photo by the church.

Press Release: Attorney General Madigan Files Suit Against Chicago Area Lender For Selling Short-Term Loan Designed To Evade State Reforms

Thursday, March 27, 2014 

RELEASE DATE: March 19, 2014

Media Contact: Maura Possley || 312-814-3118 || mpossley@atg.state.il.us || @ILAttyGeneral 

Chicago – Attorney General Lisa Madigan filed suit today against a Chicago area short term lender for designing and selling a new emerging short-term loan intended to thwart important protections in Illinois law against predatory lending and trap borrowers in an inescapable cycle of debt.

Madigan filed the lawsuit late yesterday in Cook County Circuit Court against CMK Investments Inc., which operates as All Credit Lenders, selling small consumer loans and lines of credit. All Credit Lenders is based in Elgin but operates storefronts across Illinois, Wisconsin and South Carolina.

Madigan alleges All Credit Lenders is evading the state’s 36 percent interest-rate cap by offering a short-term loan product that acts like a revolving line of credit but offers none of the protections of a credit card. The lender allegedly offers these credit card-like products with advertised interest rates of 18 percent to 24 percent. Madigan alleges the company thwarts the state interest rate cap by tacking on bogus “required account protection fees.” When the extra fees are factored into the total cost of the short-term loan, theinterest rates soar to 375 percent to more than 500 percent, according to Madigan’s lawsuit.

After a borrower takes out the short-term loan, All Credit Lenders allegedly provides a payment schedule and instructs the borrower to make minimum payments, which consumers who filed complaints with Madigan’s office believed was a timeline to pay off the full debt.

Madigan’s lawsuit alleges that none of the minimum payment goes to paying down the principal of the loan. Instead, the minimum payments only cover the extra fees, which are charged to consumers on a bi-weekly basis.

“This new loan product is one of the most abusive attempts to evade the reform laws we have seen,” Madigan said. “This company provides consumers repayment schedules where not one penny of their payment goes toward paying down the principal balance, making it impossible to pay off their loan.”

The Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation assisted Madigan’s office with its investigation.

“We were pleased to be able to help the Attorney General prosecute this lender,” said Manuel Flores, Acting Secretary of Financial and Professional Regulation.  “It is important that we protect every consumer from unscrupulous lenders.”

Madigan’s lawsuit is the first action her office has taken under the new federal Dodd-Frank Act. It also alleges violations of the Illinois Consumer Fraud and Deceptive Business Practice Act. The lawsuit seeks to ban the company from selling lines of credit and revolving credit in Illinois, provide restitution to all impacted consumers and assess penalties for violating the law.

Assistant Attorneys General Sarah Poulimas and Vaishali Rao are handling the case for Madigan’s Consumer Fraud Bureau. VFP

Lisa Thompson-Bennett

Government and Community Relations, Housing

Office of Illinois Attorney General, Lisa Madigan

100 West Randolph

Chicago Illinois 60601

Direct (312) 814-1176

Fax (312) 814-6288

Homeowner Help Line (866) 544-7151




Election Material To Inform Your Vote: Video of 2014 Think Democracy Candidate Forum (Part I) And Election Guide

On February 22, 2014, we held a candidates forum at the Maywood Public Library featuring individuals running for judgeship positions on the Cook County Circuit Court (7th and 11th Sub-Circuits) and as First District Cook County Commissioner. A comprehensive election guide containing a sample ballot and instructive voting information can be accessed here. For a recap video, click here. A full video of the first panel, which comprised judicial candidates, may be seen here. The second panel, comprising Commissioner candidates will be released tomorrow. Remember, early voting began on March 3rd and ends March 15th. GOTV. VFP