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Worker killed in Illinois crane accident

On January 12, a worker was killed in a crane accident at an Illinois Taylor Crane construction site. Justin Jokerst, 31, was working at a construction site in Edwardsville, Illinois on a Grove HL150T crane when he was crushed by the crane’s boom, according to authorities. The accident took place on Lakeview Corporate Drive at …

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Bernie Mac’s widow drops Illinois wrongful death lawsuit

An Illinois wrongful death lawsuit by Bernie Mac’s widow has been withdrawn, but her attorney has said that the case will be refiled later. Rhonda McCullough, the late comedian’s wife, filed the lawsuit in Cook County Circuit Court against dermatologist Rene Earles, claiming that the doctor failed to respond appropriately to her husband’s signs of …

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Illinois wrongful death lawsuit filed over police shooting

On November 3, 2014, Christopher Anderson died after police shot him in a suburban Chicago area hospital. Now, his mother has filed a wrongful death lawsuit. Venus Anderson has filed the suit in federal court against the city of Highland Park and two police officers, claiming that they used excessive force in firing nine shots …

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Families of Newtown school shooting victims file wrongful death claim notices

Ten families affected by the 2012 school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut have filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Bushmaster, the company that made the Bushmaster AR-15 that Adam Lanza used to kill six adults and 20 children at Sandy Hook Elementary School on December 14, 2012. The lawsuit accuses Bushmaster of negligence and wrongful death …

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SIU student’s family files wrongful death lawsuit after autopsies conflict

The family of a 19-year-old Southern Illinois University (SIU) student found dead in a wooded area has filed a $5 million wrongful death lawsuit against the city of Carbondale and the police chief. The family has also called for a federal investigation. Pravin Varughese went missing the night of February 12, and his body was …

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Parents file wrongful death lawsuit against school after daughter’s suicide

The parents of a 12-year-old girl who committed suicide have filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the Chicago Public School District, claiming that the district failed to take action to address bullying. McKenzie Philpot, a sixth grader at Pierce School of International Studies, left behind messages on social media that revealed the extent of the …

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Wrongful death lawsuit dismissed in death of David Koschman

A wrongful death lawsuit over the death of David Koschman has been dismissed. The lawsuit accused Chicago authorities of a cover-up after Koschman died following an altercation with a member of the Daley family. A federal judge ruled that the statute of limitations had expired. U.S. District Judge Rebecca Pallmeyer said the lawsuit by Koschman’s …

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Wrongful death lawsuit filed over one-punch death

A wrongful death lawsuit was filed in Cook County by the family of a Palatine man who died after he was punched outside a bar and hit his head on the sidewalk. The family of Ryan Flannigan, 26, filed the lawsuit against Michael Platt, 35. Authorities said that Platt punched Flannigan on the night of …

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Chicago Drivers Who Ignore Crosswalks Face Penalties

Chicago police have begun a series of traffic enforcement stings intended to help prevent accidents involving pedestrians in crosswalks. Many Chicago drivers are unaware that they are required to stop their cars when they encounter pedestrians in marked crosswalks, even when they are crossing the street midblock. Indeed, many Chicago drivers fail to yield, much …

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