The HCBullet: The blog of the Attorneys at HCB

Village’s Requirement that Officer Pass Psych Exam Before Returning to Work Not Retaliatory

May 8, 2018

While police officers and the departments who employ them are ideally on the same page when it comes to law enforcement issues, occasionally a police officer has a serious mental health issue that can drive a wedge between employer and employee and those types of disputes often lead to litigation. For example, sometimes a citizen…

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Court Rules That Correctional Officer Did Not Violate Inmate’s Constitutional Right by Providing Him With A Dirty Razor When There Were Alternatives Available

May 8, 2018

Judge Sara Darrow of the U.S. District Court for the Central District of Illinois granted summary judgment in favor of a correctional officer at a county jail in Johnson v. Roberts, No. 16-2369.  Inmate Henry Johnson claimed that his constitutional rights were violated when the officer allegedly provided him with a “dirty” electric razor, resulting…

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City of Danville Must Comply With FOIA Request Related to Housing Task Force

May 8, 2018

On April 25, 2018, the Fourth District Illinois Appellate Court decided City of Danville v. Madigan, 2018 IL App (4th) 170182 (April 25, 2018), a case regarding a City’s possession of public records related to a community task force. In 2014, the City of Danville convened a “Housing Task Force” comprised of eighteen (18) constituents…

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DeKalb County Judge Dismisses Wrongful Death Suit Against Sheriff Regarding Detainee’s Drug Overdose Death Based Upon Tort Immunity Act

April 4, 2018

Judge William P. Brady in DeKalb County dismissed with prejudice the wrongful death and survival action brought by the Estate of Brandon Washington, regarding the overdose death of Brandon Washington in February 2016. In Sophia Thomas v. Sheriff Roger Scott, et al., Case No. 2017 L 8 (DeKalb Co. Cir. Ct. March 26, 2018), Judge…

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Illinois Appellate Courts Issue Two New FOIA Opinions  

April 4, 2018

Cook County State’s Attorney Need Not Compile “Stingray” Data Based Upon FOIA Request On March 12, 2018, the Illinois Appellate Court, First District, recently upheld the general rule that a public body does not have to create records it does not ordinarily keep in response to a general request for data or statistics. In Martinez…

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