A state appeals panel has given the Cook County Sheriff’s Office a weapon to fight the onslaught of at least 60 lawsuits challenging the decisions of an illegally constituted merit board.The 1st District Appellate Court late last month published its ruling in Lopez v. Dart, et al., 2018 IL App (1st) 170733, as an opinion, withdrawing the Rule 23 order it issued in the case in late August.The appellate court’s decision in …