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The Trouble with Collecting Attorney's Fees

The Trouble with Collecting Attorney's Fees

We recently participated in two oral arguments involving the issue of attorney fees in front of the United States Court of Appeals Seventh Circuit. In both cases the Plaintiff was awarded damages and we were subsequently awarded attorney’s fees—but not without a lot of pushback from the City of Chicago. The audio of the 25-minute oral arguments is posted below and can hear our reasoning that if the City is not forced to pay the fees, they have less incentive to discipline rogue cops.
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The New Rights and Laws of 2014

The New Rights and Laws of 2014

Every day, the people elected to the legislative branches in our city, state and federal government’s wake up thinking of new laws to pass. As a result, the beginning of every year brings a bunch of new laws that people must become familiar with. Unfortunately, this year is no different.
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Shiller Preyar and Chicago Pallet Company Workers Fight Deportations

Shiller Preyar and Chicago Pallet Company Workers Fight Deportations

On December 19th the cameras of Telemundo and Univision were at the Adalberto United Methodist Church in Humboldt Park for a press conference led by Pastor Walter “Slim” Coleman. Last month, ICE conducted a raid at the Chicago Pallet Company wherein 34 workers were placed in ICE custody. Coleman and others organized the conference to give an update regarding those who were placed in removal proceedings (deportations). Some of those workers have been deported, taken voluntary departure, or continue to challenge their removal proceedings.
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The Business of Immigration Bed Mandates

The Business of Immigration Bed Mandates

  • John
  • 12/18/2013 1:17:00 PM
About a month ago, I read an NPR piece by Ted Robbins titled, "Little-known Immigration Mandate Keeps Detention Beds Full." It brought to my attention the fact that the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) had interpreted language in H.R. 2217 to mean it was required to maintain, on average, a daily detention population of 34,000 people. The provision in H.R. 2217 reads as follows: “Funding made available under this heading shall maintain a level of not less than 34,000 detention beds through September 30, 2014.” If there is another way to interpret this language other than to mean ICE must maintain a minimum of 34,000 detainees daily, we are all ears, Congress.
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New App to Facilitate Better Landlord-Renter Relationships

New App to Facilitate Better Landlord-Renter Relationships

The Metropolitan Tenants Organization has developed a great new app called Squared Away. They're launching the app as a tool for landlords and renters communicate with one another, document any problems with a given unit and to create a paper trail of interactions that will, ideally, provide some protection for all parties involved.
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Going the Extra (Digital) Mile

Going the Extra (Digital) Mile

We're trying out a new app from the Clerk of the Circuit Court of Cook County. Court Clerk Mobile Connect promises to streamline how we access docket information, court call schedules, fees and general information.
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