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Author Archives: ChicagolandLawFirm

No-Cash Bond Rules Need Clarification

So say judges in the 1st District Appellate Court, who ruled that procedural filings and judicial hearings still must take place when prosecutors seek to deny bail in light of changes made two years ago in Cook County to reduce bond for petty offenses. They used the case of a Chicago Public Schools teacher who… Read More »

Probable Cause Keys Reversal of Gun Rap

A Chicago man saw his conviction on a weapons charge vacated after an appeals panel agreed that cops had no reason to search his car or take him into custody. Judges in the 1st District Appellate Court said that simply seeing a gun in a car isn’t enough to merit seizure absent mitigating circumstances. James… Read More »

Legislator Crafting Employment Regime for Medical Marijuana

Pressed by constituents that have come under fire on the job for using doctor-prescribed cannabis, a state representative wants to afford them protection as Illinois enters the era of recreational legalization. Democrat Bob Morgan, from the 58th District on Chicago’s North Shore, will introduce a bill in the spring session that prevents employers from firing… Read More »

Appellate Court Upholds FMLA Verdict

A suburban school administrator will keep the $12,000 she won in a suit against Northwest Township District 214 after an appeals court agreed that officials at Wheeling High School failed to follow federal rules and offer her time away from work to deal with mental health issues. Noemi Valdivia cited indifference to racial abuse in… Read More »

Appeals Court Stays Conviction of Strip Mall Shooter

A man who wounded a cop when retaliating against a street gang must continue serving a long prison sentence after an appellate panel ruled that he was fairly tried in Cook County Circuit Court. Rashaun Carlisle claimed his attempted murder conviction was prejuduced because a jury didn’t get to hear from a ballistics expert that… Read More »

Biggers Factors Key Credibility in Armed Robbery Appeal

A Chicago man will serve out his four-year sentence after an appellate panel ruled that federal case law supported his victim’s claim in a 2016 armed robbery. Justin Blankenship told a Cook County judge that he’d never encountered Dewantez Daniels until the day Daniels hassled him about stealing his smartphone. Daniels got a look at… Read More »

Retirees Retain Healthcare in ERISA Appeal

Private equity investors are on the hook for health insurance after a federal appeals court ruled that ownership must abide by a benefits agreement made before it acquired the company. Retirees challenged the move by the Carlyle Group to cancel a 2002 agreement reached between an AFL-CIO local and the then-owners of a Riverdale manufacturer that… Read More »

Expungment of Pot Convictions Begins in Cook County

Cook County State’s Attorney Kimberley Foxx made good her promise to clear the court records of those convicted of marijuana offenses, filing motions in the first 1,000 of what officials say could be as many as 700,000 cases ahead of legalization of the drug for recreational use. Calling the effort the most equitable justice reform… Read More »

Federal Discrimination Appeal Fails on Procedure

A Schaumberg woman’s discrimination suit against a federal agency failed when judges in the Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit ruled that the US Social Security Agency acted properly when it hired another candidate. Risa Stegall sued the SSA after being denied a position as a service representative. She claimed the agency withdrew an offer… Read More »

Are IDs for Gun Owners Unconstitutional?

An appeals panel in Springfield won’t say, but judges agree that Second Amendment advocates make a compelling argument. That’s because few states are as restrictive as Illinois when it comes to gun ownership. Further, the 4th District Appellate Court said the state hasn’t yet proved that Firearms Ownership Identity Cards are beneficial to the wellbeing… Read More »