News & Articles

Dec 31, 2009
The tragedy of car accidents happens not in the property damage and minor cuts and bruises that may occur but in the lives that are lost and in the lives that are changed forever. Just a few days before Christmas, Felix Worthon and his six year old son, Jeremia, went...
Dec 24, 2009
The recent report from the Mayor’s office is not all that surprising.  According to the Chicago Tribune, the report finds that Chicago city workers are reluctant to be whistleblowers – that is they are reluctant to report when other city workers are breaking the law or engaging in serious misconduct. ...
Dec 23, 2009
U.S. District Judge Robert Gettleman ordered a new trial for former Streets and Sanitation Commissioner Al Sanchez and Chicago police officer Aaron Delvalle, ruling that prosecutors violated disclosure rules by failing to reveal the extensive arrest record and gang membership of a key witness. Gettleman says that the error prevented...
Dec 17, 2009
Some of our most vulnerable youth have been the victims of alleged abuse at Streamwood Behavioral Health Center – one of Illinois’s largest psychiatric hospitals. The Chicago Tribune reportsthat the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) has found that DCFS children being treated at Streamwood Behavioral Health Center have been...
Dec 17, 2009
West Haven residents are complaining about St. Leonard’s house, a facility that provides transitional housing for ex-offenders. Residents claim that St. Leonard’s in the 2100 block of West Warren never notified the neighborhood that sex offenders live nearby. Earlier this year, a convicted rapist walked out of the center and...
Dec 17, 2009
Guest blog courtesy of Jim S. Adler & Associates, Houston, TX. The new year brings new laws for Illinois motorists, and one is clearly designed to save lives – if not save people from themselves. That’s the new statewide law banning texting while driving. It means you can’t compose, send...
Dec 14, 2009
Earlier this year, we wrote about the Chicago Transit Authority’s (CTA’s) new ban on cell phone use for bus drivers and train operators.  In August 2009, the CTA changed its disciplinary procedures to prohibit bus drivers and train operators from using cell phones while driving. The new rules were clear...
Dec 10, 2009
As the nation discusses healthcare reform, the topic of tort reform inevitably comes up.  Proponents of tort reform argue that large medical malpractice awards drive up the costs of medical care.  This argument is flawed and too simplistic, however.  While medical malpractice insurance and damage awards are expensive, capping medical...
Dec 9, 2009
The 9 member Chicago Police and Fire Committee was under fire last week for its handling of police discipline matters.  One of the Committee’s responsibilities is to decide cases of alleged police misconduct.  However, according to the Chicago Justice Project, more than half of the committee members missed between 15%...
Dec 8, 2009
It is that time of year again.  It is time for holiday parties, school pageants, and of course, the first significant Chicagoland snowfall.  Inevitably, the first significant snowfall, and all those thereafter, bring with them traffic accidents. Is Anyone Liable for Motor Vehicle Accidents that Happen in Snow and Ice?...