Food trucks line up to serve customers and gather petition signatures in this July 2012 photo, taken days before the Chicago City Council passed an ordinance restricting the trucks from parking within 200 feet of restaurants. That ordinance was upheld by the Illinois Supreme Court Thursday, after finding the food truck regulations were not unconstitutional. AP Photo/Sitthixay Ditthavong

Food truck rules survive high court challenge

The state’s top court upheld Chicago’s regulations on food trucks Thursday, affirming appellate and circuit court rulings that found the city could restrict how closely the driveable diners can operate from their bricks-and-mortar brethren.

With week to go, abortion law rewrite gets second chance

A measure that would rewrite Illinois’ abortion statute — the subject of monthslong debate among advocates on both sides but not lawmakers — is moving out of legislative limbo after months of inaction.

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Hylla looks to future after final term as 3rd Circuit chief judge

As a grade-school student, 3rd Circuit Chief Judge David A. Hylla was tasked with convincing the class that the British side was right during the American Revolution.

Jury finds for disposal company after eviction trial

A Cook County jury found in favor of an industrial material disposal company after its landlord attempted to evict the business for allegedly violating its lease.

Reformatted Juvenile Justice Act aims to reduce detention time

A Illinois state Senate bill making its way through the House modifies the Juvenile Court Act in an attempt to quicken the detention hearing process.

Claims can proceed after mid-flight finger mishap

A man who allegedly tripped and injured his finger during an international flight can pursue his claim against British Airways after a federal judge found the man’s allegations could meet the Montreal Convention’s definition of “accident.”

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Last-minute defense not appropriate

Linda Reed argued she was ambushed during litigation with Columbia St. Mary’s Hospital when — after the curtain closed on discovery for her discrimination claim under Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act — the Milwaukee hospital requested summary judgment based on an argument it didn’t previously mention or allege as an affirmative defense.

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Letter: Rule 39 process doesn’t serve everyone

Robert Balanoff is a Cook County circuit judge serving in the Child Protection Division. He writes to the Daily Law Bulletin about changing the associate judge election process to promote diversity.

Lex Sportiva


Avenatti caught in a web created by his doing

Despite significant evidence of wrongdoing by Nike, Michael Avenatti’s information dump has inflicted more legal consequences upon him than Nike or college basketball’s reputation.

Opening Statement


Tony nominees show evolution of musical theater over decades

This week the nominations for the Tony Award for Best Original Musical were announced. The winner of the 73rd annual award will be named on June 9.

Sports Marketing Playbook


Use of athletes’ health data looms large for players, leagues

The collection of data from professional athletes has sparked ongoing discussion about the ownership and use of that data, including the rights of athletes to monetize their own information and how to protect their privacy.

Sports Torts


Exploding shoe enough to make risk-adverse crowd cringe

Zion Williamson, the freshman phenom from Duke, exploded onto the college basketball scene this season. While he will not be competing in next weekend’s Final Four due to his team’s loss to Michigan State, he has captured the country’s attention this March while carrying his team to the Elite Eight in the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament.

Social Scene


DePaul Law commencement

DePaul University College of Law student Jacob Gordon receives his doctoral hood from his grandfather, 1st District Appellate Justice Robert E. Gordon, at DePaul Law’s commencement ceremony on Saturday at The Chicago Theatre. The elder Gordon is a 1962 graduate of the law school. Photo provided by DePaul University/Jeff Carrion

Edgar talks civility at CBA

Former Illinois Gov. Jim Edgar visited The Chicago Bar Association on May 14 for a Continuing Legal Education program on civility in the legal profession. Edgar, the state’s chief executive from 1991 to 1999, joined a discussion moderated by Jayne Rizzo Reardon, executive director of the Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Professionalism. Photo provided by The Chicago Bar Association/Bill Richert

Kogan Awards

The Chicago Bar Association held its annual Herman Kogan Media Awards on May 15 at Petterino’s, recognizing local news outlets and journalists for their work covering the legal profession and public affairs. Pictured is Timothy P. O’Neill, a retired professor from The John Marshall Law School and longtime CDLB columnist, receiving a career achievement honor from CBA President Steven M. Elrod. Photo provided by The Chicago Bar Association

CBF Passport to Chicago

The Chicago Bar Foundation held its sixth annual Passport to Chicago event on May 3 at the Chopping Block in River North. Pictured (left to right) are Leonard Aucamp of Vitality Group Inc., Stacie Neeter of Stout and CBF staffers Emme Veenbaas and Jessica L. Bednarz awaiting a chef-made dish. Photo provided by the Chicago Bar Foundation

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