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Governor Quinn Makes Executive Appointments

Inspectors General Denise Kane (DCFS) of Chicago has served as inspector general for the Department of Children and Family Services since 2003. She previously worked in the Public Guardian’s Office of Cook County, Juvenile Division and was a juvenile court probation officer. She holds a Ph.D. in social service administration from the University of Chicago. Bradley Hart (HFS) of Hillsboro is the deputy bureau chief of Medicaid fraud and nursing home abuse/neglect in the Office of the Illinois Attorney General and Special Assistant U.S. Attorney-Central District. He graduated cum laude from the Southern Illinois University-Carbondale School of Law. William Davis (DHS) of Palos...

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Chicago Archdiocese to pay $3.2 million to settle sex abuse case, attorney says

November 15, 2011 By the CNN Wire Staff Protesters call for Cardinal Francis George to resign in 2006 after he failed to remove a priest charged with abusing minors. The Archdiocese of Chicago will pay $3.2 million to settle a lawsuit that alleged church leaders failed to remove a priest they knew had sexually abused minors, the plaintiff's attorneys said Tuesday. The priest in question, the former Rev. Daniel McCormack, was arrested in 2006 and charged with multiple counts of criminal assault; he pleaded guilty in 2007, according to the attorneys. "On behalf of the victim, who was between the ages of 10-12 years...

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Lawyer for Cain accuser says witness will come forward today

The lawyer for a Chicago woman who has accused GOP presidential candidate Herman Cain of inappropriate sexual conduct says a witness will go public today to support her claims. Attorney Gloria Allred said a previously unidentified former boyfriend of Sharon Bialek will share what Bialek told him about Cain making an unwanted sexual advance in the late 1990s when he headed a Washington trade association. Lawyer for Cain accuser says witness will come forward today...

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2 former state employees accused of giving fake road tests for bribes

Staff report 2:27 p.m. CST, November 14, 2011 Two people who administered road tests for the Illinois Secretary of State's office were charged with giving passing marks to unqualified drivers or passing people who did not even take a road test in exchange for cash, federal officials said today. Christopher Wardlaw, 36, and Alanda Jackson, 31, both of Chicago were named in indictments that were unsealed today in U.S. District Court, officials said. The pair were charged as part of a 2009 investigation that focused on a crime ring that sold fake identification documents in Chinatown. The two allegedly pocketed a total of...

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High profile Chicago attorney takes on Mariah Yeater as client

11/8/2011 Deborah Kim Justin Bieber may have all the money in the world to hire the best legal team in town, but lawyers sure love an underdog. Fox News reported well-known Chicago lawyer Jeffrey Leving will head up Mariah Yeater's case. Leving frequently makes appearances on news shows and is a paternity law expert whose usual clientele consists of fathers looking for custody of their children and other rights post-divorce. Rolling Stone reported Yeater claims Justin Bieber is her 4-month-old son's father. Since day one, the Biebs has been vehemently denying that he had sex with the 20-year-old and fathered a child. However, he is...

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Cain accuser’s former boyfriend corroborates harassment claims

By Justin Sink - 11/14/11 03:08 PM ET A Chicago-area pediatrician who used to date Sharon Bialek, the woman who accused Herman Cain of sexual harassment following a dinner in July 1997, said at a press conference Monday that Bialek told him after the alleged incident that Cain had "touched her in an inappropriate manner." Victor Zuckerman, who now practices medicine in Louisiana, said that when Bialek returned from a trip to Washington to meet with Cain, then head of the National Restaurant Association, to solicit career advice, "she was upset." "She said something had happened and Mr. Cain had touched her in...

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Cain has another issue with women: Taxes

Clarence Page November 9, 2011 When I first heard Herman Cain call his tax plan 9-9-9, it sounded like something I might have heard a fraulein tell me years ago when I was a GI in Germany: "Nein, nein, nein!" I hear that talk-show host Conan O'Brien made a similar observation after Cain, a top-tier Republican presidential hopeful, was hit with sexual harassment allegations. Now 9-9-9 sounds like a German translation of something Sharon Bialek might have told him in 1997 — "No, no, no!" That's when the Chicago woman says Cain tried to coerce her into performing a sex act in exchange...

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Chicagoans React to Cain Sexual Harassment Allegations

Published : Tuesday, 08 Nov 2011, 8:51 PM CST By Darlene Hill, FOX Chicago News Chicago - FOX Chicago News went out on the streets of Chicago to get reactions on the Herman Cain sexual harassment allegations, and this is what we heard: “There might have been something true, like maybe he did come on to somebody but I think maybe they're taking it out of proportion now and if they had a problem with it, they should have said something earlier." – Allison Kallo Link...

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Madigan convenes summit to address synthetic drugs

By RHYS SAUNDERS GateHouse News Service Posted Nov 09, 2011 @ 07:56 PM SPRINGFIELD -- Synthetic drugs, a burgeoning problem in Illinois, are prompting Attorney General Lisa Madigan to convene an emergency summit today. Police, medical personnel and parents are among those who will discuss how to eradicate and educate people about the dangers of synthetic marijuana and so-called “bath salts.” The summit will be from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Crowne Plaza, 3000 S. Dirksen Parkway. Synthetic drugs have become popular among teens and early 20-somethings because the substances are legal and often undetectable in drug tests, according to Madigan....

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Cain Denies Claim He Groped Woman Seeking Help in Job Hunt

By Lisa Lerer Nov. 8 (Bloomberg) -- Herman Cain denied detailed claims of inappropriate sexual behavior made by a fourth woman yesterday, as the Republican presidential candidate seeks to control the scandal threatening to derail his campaign. “We are taking this head on,” he said in an interview on ABC television’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live” last night. “There’s not an ounce of truth in all of these allegations.” Sharon Bialek, a single mother from Chicago, accused Cain of sexually assaulting her after she sought his help in finding a job in 1997. Speaking at a news conference in New York, she said Cain reached...

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APNewsBreak: Doctor data back online in Illinois

By CARLA K. JOHNSON MORE FROM BUSINESSWEEK Consumers can now check up on thousands of doctors and chiropractors in Illinois, including accessing information about malpractice cases, thanks to a public database that went back online Wednesday. The Physician Profile is available on the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation's website, and allows patients to see whether a physician or chiropractor has been disciplined here or in another state. The searchable database includes about 46,000 doctors and 4,500 chiropractors, along with malpractice judgments and settlements going back five years. The database was taken offline last year when the Illinois Supreme Court struck down...

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Cain to hold press conference on sexual harassment allegations

BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS November 7, 2011 11:22PM WASHINGTON — Herman Cain says he will hold a news conference Tuesday afternoon in Phoenix to respond to the latest charges of sexual harassment brought by a Chicago woman who graphically described an incident she said took place in 1997. With her attorney Gloria Allred at her side, Sharon Bialek offered specific details of the alleged advance she says Cain made when she was talking to him about getting a job. She is the fourth woman who has alleged that Cain engaged in inappropriate sexual behavior. Cain has steadfastly denied the allegations. Link...

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Mountain bikers personal injury claims

By Gareth Rose, Published on Sunday 6 November 2011 19:27 MOUNTAIN bikers are being targeted by personal injury specialists looking to launch compensation claims on behalf of riders who have suffered falls. The Brain Injury Group (BIG) has advertised in the magazine Mountain Bike UK urging people who are finding it harder to concentrate and have recently suffered a head injury to get in touch. Cycling Scotland insists the sport is well run and those who take part are responsible and wear helmets. However, BIG says that when accidents do happen, they can wreck lives. The hills are alive with the sound of injury claims...

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In ‘The Litigators,’ John Grisham fleshes out his characters

Published: Monday, October 24, 2011, 3:18 PM Updated: Monday, October 24, 2011 By Andrea Simakis, The Plain Dealer As I cracked John Grisham's "The Litigators," sibling to 18 titles beginning with the same, hardworking article, I scanned the "Also By" page and found myself momentarily stumped. Which ones had I actually read? Other than "The Innocent Man," his memorable nonfiction work about a real-life miscarriage of justice, I wasn't sure. Had I reviewed "The Brethren" or "The Broker?" "The Appeal" or "The Associate?" That's the trouble with potato-chip fiction. You scarf it down so fast, you lose track of how much you ate, not...

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Restaurants, Sexual Harassment Go Hand-In-Hand, According To New Report

One of the many reasons often cited for the dearth of women in the upper echelons of restaurant kitchens is the idea that restaurants are havens for sexual harassment. And the current uproar surrounding Herman Cain, over his possible involvement in sexual harassment cases at the National Restaurant Association, has shifted the national spotlight back to the link between restaurants and sexual harassment once again. MSNBC, prompted by the Cain scandal, took a look at some statistics on the phenomenon -- and uncovered some shocking figures. According to the MSNBC research 26 of the 75 (37% ) sexual harassment suits reported by...

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Car kills girl, 6, walking to Halloween party on South Side

October 31, 2011, By Becky Schlikerman and Peter Nickeas, Chicago Tribune reporters A 6-year-old girl was killed and a 16-year-old family friend was injured after they were struck by a car Saturday evening as they were walking to a Halloween party on the South Side, family and police said. Diamond Robinson, of the 6700 block of South Michigan Avenue, was pronounced dead at 10:46 p.m. at Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, according to the Cook County medical examiner's office. Link...

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Lawsuit filed by children of firefighter who died when roof collapsed

By Dawn Rhodes Tribune reporter 9:22 a.m. CDT, October 19, 2011 The daughter and son of a Chicago firefighter are suing the owners of a foreclosed South Shore laundromat, alleging their failure to properly maintain the building resulted in their father’s death last year. Jennifer Stringer and Edward Stringer Jr. filed a wrongful death lawsuit today against Chuck M. Dai and Richard Dai, owners of Sing Way Cleaners in the 1700 block East 75th Street. Edward Stringer, 47, was among the firefighters dispatched to a fire at the abandoned building on Dec. 22. As some of the firefighters went inside to put the...

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700 Lawyer Firm Loses Appeal Over Recruiting Fee and is Ordered to Pay $488,000

"The fact that a small business can take on a 700-plus lawyer firm and prevail at both the trial and appellate levels is a testament to the great legal system of this country," noted attorney Muhammad Aziz. HOUSTON, TX, September 26, 2011 /24-7PressRelease/ -- Texas attorney Muhammad Aziz of Abraham, Watkins, Nichols, Sorrels, Agosto & Friend recently won an appellate victory in a federal court in Texas. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit upheld a trial court judgment of almost $488,000 in favor of attorney Aziz's client, CB Legal Search, LLC, a small business specializing in legal recruiting. The...

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How the Litigation Process Works for a Personal Injury Case

Litigation of a personal injury lawsuit can be a frightening prospect to people who have suffered an injury in any type of accident. This process can be made more complex when you are dealing with a serious injury, and trying to focus your attention on recovery. Knowing what the process entails can help alleviate some of this apprehension and give you a better idea of what may be required to get you the compensation you deserve. Link...

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Two more lawsuits filed in Indiana stage collapse

Two new separate lawsuits were filed Monday in connection with last August’s deadly stage collapse at the Indiana State Fair. Both lawsuits were filed by the same lawyer, personal injury attorney Kenneth Allen of Valparaiso, Indiana. The first suit, filed in Monroe County Superior Court in Indianapolis, seeks compensation from the State of Indiana for the wrongful death of 29-year-old Christina Santiago of Chicago. Santiago entered into a civil union with her same-sex partner Alisha Brennon. Both attended the Indiana State Fair where the band Sugarland was about to take the stage when a fierce storm with high winds toppled the stage. Brennon...

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Bumper ban

You can’t buy crib bumper pads in Chicago: it’s become the first city to ban the sale of these soft pads that are tied onto the cribs slats and wrap around the inside of a crib. The city council approved the ban, citing the suffocation risk posed by bumpers and the lack of a federal ban despite reports of deaths, the Chicago Tribune reports. Stores that continue to sell bumper pads can be fined up to $500. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends against using bumper pads, as does Consumers Union. We believe bumper pads are unnecessary and not worth the possible...

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3 settle injury lawsuits over Martha Stewart chair

By MICHAEL J. CRUMB Associated Press Published: Thursday, Aug. 11, 2011 - 8:45 am DES MOINES, Iowa -- Three people whose fingers were snipped off or injured by Martha Stewart patio chairs have won settlements against her company and Kmart, which sold the furniture, their attorney said Thursday. Des Moines attorney Guy Cook declined to say how much the three - a young girl in Kentucky, a college student in Illinois and a retiree in upstate New York - were awarded at the settlement conference in Chicago on Monday. Their lawsuits claimed that the lounge chairs' legs are defective and snap forward, "serving...

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Wrong Patient and Procedure Study Shows Need for Better Oversight

Wrong Patient and Procedure Study Shows Need for Better Oversight According to Briskman Briskman & Greenberg CHICAGO, IL, Aug 12, 2011 (MARKETWIRE via COMTEX) -- Wrong patient, wrong site and wrong procedure surgeries happen as much as 40 times a week nationwide, a new study by The Joint Commission Center for Transforming Healthcare shows. Eight surgery centers and hospitals around the country participated in the study. These problematic incidents are a result of miscommunication, distractions, scheduling and pre-operative processes, and not having all relevant staff participate in Time Out procedures, The Joint Commission said. Also, more errors were committed when more...

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Lawsuits Claim Real Housewives of New Jersey Cast & Crew Attacked Two Chicago Men

Chicago, IL (PRWEB) June 13, 2011 Corboy & Demetrio coordinated the simultaneous filings of lawsuits, in New York and Miami, naming various individuals and entities allegedly responsible for the February 23, 2011 beating of two Chicago men, Adolfo Arreola and Jason Gomez. Gomez and Arreola were allegedly attacked by members of the Cast and Crew of The Real Housewives of New Jersey while they vacationed at the Hard Rock Hotel in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic, according to the lawsuits. The beating allegedly occurred after one of The Real Housewives of New Jersey, Theresa Giudice, sprayed champagne into the eyes of Arreola’s mother-in-law, Yolanda...

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Home Insurers Kick Around Cyberbully Coverage

By Lynnette Khalfani-Cox In recent years, a number of tragic cases have captured the public's attention in which teenagers committed suicide after being taunted, harassed or shamed, due to invasions of privacy on sites like Facebook, MySpace and YouTube. If you have a teen or a college student who is fond of social networking, the rise of cyberbullying is enough to give you gray hair. But now there's another reason to fret over the rise of online intimidation: It could subject your family to expensive lawsuits. And incidents of cyberbullying may not be covered by your liability insurance. Effective this fall, "cyberbullying" is...

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Marketing key in making Glen Lerner a celebrity attorney

Close your eyes. Imagine Glen Lerner’s jingle. You can dial his number from memory, can’t you? In this age of speed dialing and cellphone-programmed contacts, how many telephone numbers can you remember? So the question has to be asked: Is Glen Lerner the most recognizable personality in Las Vegas? The 47-year-old Las Vegas personal injury lawyer has used his marketing savvy to turn a larger-than-life personality into a multimillion-dollar enterprise that has expanded into Arizona. Much like a singer who has a No. 1 song, Lerner didn’t want to be known as a one-hit wonder...

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These are many different types of personal injury claims.

Accidents happen all the time. Sometimes nobody is to blame. Sometimes you might even be the architect of your own misfortune. But what if the actions of another person are the cause of your injury? If you have been the victim of another persons negligence or carelessness, the law entitles you to compensation for your injury. The process of claiming recompense can seem daunting, but it needn't be. Injury lawyers are experts in the field of personal injury claims who can assess your case and guide you through each stage of the process, ensuring that you will receive the compensation you...

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Man who lost leg in construction zone crash wins $7 million from city

By Lisa Donovan Cook County Reporter May 29, 2011 A 61-year-old man who lost his leg in a horrific crash while working at a city of Chicago construction site was awarded nearly $7 million by a Cook County jury. Don Martinelli, an Ameritech employee, was marking underground phone cable locations near a road construction zone at Milwaukee and Leavitt in Bucktown in 2002 when a motorist struck him, leaving him pinned him against his work truck and leading to the amputation of his leg from above the knee. Martinelli, now retired and living in the Northwest suburbs, won a $20,000 insurance settlement from...

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Pella window class-action suit survives certification

Pella case includes consumers who have not suffered any financial damages but may in the future Ameet Sachdev Chicago Law May 10, 2011 Class-action lawsuits face stiff head winds in courts and the court of public opinion. But that doesn't stop class-action lawyers and judges from finding creative ways to cut through the currents, as illustrated by a federal case in Chicago that has survived layers of judicial scrutiny. The suit involves allegations of defective products sold by Pella Corp., an Iowa-based manufacturer of windows and doors. Consumers should take notice because their ability to challenge corporate wrongdoing through class-action suits has been diminished...

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