Posts tagged "lawsuit"

Unjustly fired Rolf’s bakery workers win settlement for severance pay

Unjustly fired Rolf’s bakery workers win settlement for severance pay
More than 18 months after a group of workers first filed a lawsuit against Rolf’s Patisserie, Inc., for unpaid severance pay, the former employees of the Lincolnwood-based baker finally have a check in their hands. The 134 workers were fired from Rolf’s just before Christmas in December 2011, when the company closed its doors with... Read more »

What if more police misconduct cases were caught on tape like Abbate’s?

What if more police misconduct cases were caught on tape like Abbate’s?
It’s been five years since the video of off duty Officer Anthony Abbate brutally beating a bartender in a Chicago tavern went viral. But it wasn’t until this week that the courts finally settled the excessive force case filed by bartender Karolina Obrycka. Taxpayers will pick up the tab for Obrycka’s $850,000 settlement, along with... Read more »

Struggling IL homeowners, renters to get $20 million piece of big mortgage settlement pie

Struggling IL homeowners, renters to get $20 million piece of big mortgage settlement pie
Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan announced Wednesday that $20 million will make its way to statewide programs aimed at keeping folks in their homes and providing mortgage relief. That’s thanks to Madigan’s involvement in a national lawsuit against some of the country’s biggest lenders, which ended in a $26 billion settlement earlier this year–the second... Read more »
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Happy birthday, Wells Fargo: older but wiser?

Happy birthday, Wells Fargo: older but wiser?
Protesters around the country came out Monday to wish Wells Fargo a happy 160th birthday, and to remind the San Francisco bank that getting older doesn’t mean they’re getting any wiser. “We went out there to let them know that we are going to bring attention to the fact that Wells Fargo still does not... Read more »

Scam artists prey on immigrants

Scam artists prey on immigrants
After spending 12 days in an immigration detention center, Mario De la Rosa received welcomed news about his pending deportation case. Within three days of his release, Margaret Carrasco, who De la Rosa said introduced herself as an immigration attorney, went to the family’s house to talk about the case. Carrasco promised not only to... Read more »

News Roundup: Daley's last budget sails through budget committee mostly unchanged

Mayor Daley’s last budget for Chicago made it out of the City Council’s Budget Committee mostly as it went in, with all of the controversial items intact, including a reliance on one-time revenue boosts and dipping into reserves to cover the shortfall. The only major change the committee made was an amendment that restored $3.5... Read more »
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News roundup: As interest rates fall, so has interest in new homes

Even with mortgage interest rates dropping to 50-year lows, the demand for mortgages is falling. The number of mortgage applications has been falling for three weeks straight. Some say this could be due to double-dip recession fears or a hope that interest rates will fall  further. Also in the news… The number of uninsured Americans... Read more »

Lawsuit after computer crash extends Cook County jail sentences

By Amalia Oulahan Ioan Sameli/flickr In early October, Cook County jail launched a new digital system, IMACS, for keeping track of its detainees’ comings and goings. Before that, the old computer system had not been overhauled since its installation – in 1978. That system crashed three times in the year before it was replaced, according... Read more »

Lisa Madigan drops another discrimination lawsuit on Wells Fargo

Last month, The Chicago Reporter raised the question: “If Baltimore sued Wells Fargo, why aren’t we?” Today, the Illinois Attorney General became the latest in a growing line of folks to charge the lending giant with discriminatory lending practices. After raising that question, the Reporter revealed that among the nation’s 10 largest lenders, black borrowers... Read more »
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