• The Chicago City Council’s first nod to a nearly $31 million settlement to four men who Chicago police officers allegedly tortured into falsely confessing to a 1994 rape and murder was met with vehement opposition Monday from an official for the local police union.
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  • Trial Notebook

    Walking to her car in a darkened parking lot at 10 p.m. while wearing 2-inch-high heels, Rhonda Barrett stepped into a pothole that was between a half-inch to 2 inches deep. When she sued the owners of the lot for alleged negligence, the defendants requested summary judgment based on the de minimis doctrine.
  • Modern Family

    Illinois’ maintenance and child support statutory scheme is complicated and loaded with detail. Recent legislative changes intended to improve, simplify and arrive at predictable decisions has instead complicated the process, made decision-making more difficult and is of questionable fairness.
  • Insurance Matters

    The 1st District Appellate Court, reversing the trial court, recently held that an insurer, relying on an exclusion to additional insured coverage, failed to affirmatively establish applicability of the exclusion, and therefore owed a duty to defend the additional insured.
  • Lawyers' Forum

    According to a recent news source, the U.S. Department of Education is considering delaying, changing or eliminating altogether a rule that is intended to protect overrepresentation of minority students in special education. 
  • Cotter’s Corner

    In November, we wrote about the substantial amount of dark money donated to the Judicial Crisis Network that was used by the organization to fight Merrick B. Garland’s Supreme Court nomination and advocate for Neil Gorsuch.
  • Front Lines of Family Law

    On Nov. 30, the Illinois Supreme Court, in In re Marriage of Christine Goesel and Andrew Goesel, 2017 IL 122046 (2017), held that earned attorney fees — as in fees received for actual services rendered — are not “available” for turnover, or disgorgement, pursuant to a petition for interim attorney fees brought under Section 5/501(c-1) of the Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act and, thus, resolving a contentious split in the circuits.
    Sporting Judgment

  • ATLANTA — Naturally, the four coaches on the podium were happy with the system the way it is. They’ve all got a shot at the national championship.

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  • Sports Marketing Playbook

    When Nike swooshed in and took over for Adidas as the National Basketball Association’s official uniform supplier (starting this season), the athletic apparel giant probably didn’t expect the players’ socks to get so much attention. Or, more accurately, the way players wear their Nike-branded socks.
  • The Laws of Fitness

    Winter officially starts on Dec. 21, but if you’re feeling adventurous there’s no reason to head indoors. All you need is some solid cold weather running gear and you’ll be set for some fun winter runs.
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    In “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri,” as in every war, there are heart-wrenching casualties, unexpected alliances and collateral damage.

  • NEW YORK — New York collects sales tax on even the smallest items, but it probably won’t collect a cent on a nearly half-billion dollar painting by Leonardo da Vinci. — Free read
  • Opening Statement

    If you have been one of the many theatergoers who have been around Chicago’s local theater scene since its re-emergence in early 1970s, you should appreciate Steppenwolf Theatre’s current play, “The Minutes,” written by Tracy Letts and directed by Anna D. Shapiro about a strange city council meeting in the fictional town of Big Cherry, somewhere in middle America.
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