The HCBullet: The blog of the Attorneys at HCB

Jury Returns Verdict for Sheriff’s Deputy in Excessive Force Case

December 19, 2019

Juries in law enforcement cases these days can be unpredictable. So ,when a jury returns a verdict in favor of a cop in an excessive force case, it is cause for celebration. On December 17, 2019, a federal jury in Rockford found that a DeKalb County Deputy Sheriff did not use excessive force against a jail…

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County’s Financial Resource Director Cannot Maintain State Court Suit for Her Termination From Employment

December 19, 2019

We have twice previously wrote about the litigation between the former Vermilion County Financial Resource Director Nikki Bogart and the Vermilion County Board Chairman and County when the defendants won summary judgment and the appeal. Bogart originally filed suit in federal court alleging First Amendment and Equal Protection claims arising from her termination from employment…

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Seventh Circuit Grants Qualified Immunity to Officer in Use of Force Claim

December 19, 2019

The Seventh Circuit in Johnson v. Rogers, No. 19-1366 (7th Cir. 2019), recently held that a police officer’s use of force was a reasonable attempt to gain control, even though it resulted in a serious injury. After arrest, the plaintiff told police that he would run away. He was handcuffed and sat on the pavement….

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Appellate Court Rules in Defendants’ Favor in Local Oil Spill Case

November 26, 2019

In September 2010, a 34-inch crude oil pipeline operated by Enbridge Energy, L.P. leaked in Romeoville, Illinois. Following the leak, Enbridge sued both the Village of Romeoville and the adjacent property owner, Oldcastle APG South (dba Northfield Block Company). Enbridge alleged that the Village and/or Northfield failed to properly maintain a water service line which ran…

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Court Rules that Lower Premium Health Care Plan Meets Requirements of PSEBA

November 26, 2019

The Appellate Court in Esser v. Peoria, 2019 IL App (3d) 180702 (November 20, 2019), resolved a nagging PSEBA dispute regarding the obligation of a municipality to pay the entire premium of a basic health insurance plan. The City of Peoria had two separate health insurance programs, one with a low deductible (higher premiums) and one…

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