‘There is no justice here’: Racial tensions flare as Blue Island revokes black entrepreneur’s business license

By Ted Slowik Contact Reporter Daily Southtown Tempers flared and emotions boiled over Tuesday night during a tense exchange over racial and ethnic differences in Blue Island. Police escorted a man from the city council chamber after an hour-long public comment session that turned raucous at ...

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Blue Island Restaurant Claims Of Discrimination

 Blue Island Mayor Domingo Vargas endured more than an hour of intense public criticism on three different issues Tuesday night. Citizens and fellow elected officials lambasted Vargas over a proposed water rate increase, the city’s ability to meet payroll this week and the revocation of a ...

Lisa Hofstra Settles With City For $78K:Nurse Handcuffed By Cop For Not Drawing Blood On Command

A nurse who was handcuffed by a Chicago Police Officer when she refused to draw blood from a drunk-driving suspect fast enough for him in August settled her lawsuit against the officer for $78,000. The Chicago Sun-Times reports that Lisa Hofstra, a nurse at Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical ...

Kidnapped’ victims of Chicago police detail ordeal in federal civil-rights suit

Chicago police officers followed and yelled “that they were watching” two men whom they “essentially kidnapped” at Homan Square, according to the first federal civil-rights lawsuit to stem from a cascade of allegations about the secretive compound. In a suit filed ...

Lawsuit claims Naperville police used excessive force

A Cicero town official has filed a federal lawsuit alleging excessive force when Naperville police arrested her over a year ago. On July 31, 2013, Frances Reitz, the town collector in Cicero, was at the home of her fiancé as police investigated a report of the man’s brother possibly being ...

Family seeks justice after Waukegan man fatally shot by police

The family of man who was shot and killed at a Highland Park hospital is suing the city’s police department. Christopher Anderson’s family said police used excessive force against him. “I’d like to find justice for my family,” said mother Venus Anderson. ...

Family files lawsuit over Blue Island drowning

City, park district president sued after Calumet Township trustee dies during pool party The family of a Calumet Township trustee who apparently drowned during an after-hours pool party organized by Blue Island Park District officials last month has filed a wrongful-death lawsuit against the ...