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Case Name Illinois v. Chicago PN-IL-0022
Docket / Court 1:17-cv-06260 ( N.D. Ill. )
State/Territory Illinois
Case Type(s) Policing
Case Summary
On August 29, 2017, the state of Illinois filed this lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. The plaintiff sued the City of Chicago under 42 U.S.C. § 1983, Illinois Civil Rights Act of 2003, and the Illinois Human Rights Act. The plaintiff sought declaratory and ... read more >
On August 29, 2017, the state of Illinois filed this lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. The plaintiff sued the City of Chicago under 42 U.S.C. § 1983, Illinois Civil Rights Act of 2003, and the Illinois Human Rights Act. The plaintiff sought declaratory and injunctive relief as well as attorneys’ fees and costs. The state brought this action on behalf of the people of Illinois to ensure that the City enacted comprehensive, lasting reform of the Chicago Police Department (CPD), the Independent Police Review Authority (IPRA), and the Chicago Police Board (Police Board). The case was assigned to Judge Robert M. Dow, Jr. and Magistrate Judge Jeffrey T. Gilbert.

The state claimed that, through acts and omissions, the City and its agents maintained policies, customs, or practices of police officers that violated the Fourth Amendment. The state also maintained that certain policies, customs, or practices had a disparate impact on African Americans and Latinos in violation of the Illinois Civil Rights Act of 2003 and the Illinois Human Rights Act.

The complaint further alleged that these policies, customs, or practices were reflected in, and caused by, the City’s failure to effectively train, supervise, and support law enforcement officers, and the City’s failure to establish reliable programs to detect officer misconduct and administer effective discipline. The state sought injunctive relief to enjoin the City and its agents from engaging in any of the acts forming the basis of the policies, customs, or practices described in the complaint.

On August 31, 2017, the parties filed a joint motion to stay proceedings. The parties wished to continue settlement negotiations. The parties stipulated that, if successful, the result of the negotiations would take the form of a consent decree. On September 5, 2017, the court granted the joint motion.

The case is ongoing. As of June 4, 2018, negotiations are still underway. Future settlement conferences are set for June 21, 2018 and July 6, 2018.

Jake Parker - 06/04/2018


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Constitutional Clause
Cruel and Unusual Punishment
Unreasonable search and seizure
Defendant-type
Law-enforcement
Discrimination-basis
Race discrimination
General
Assault/abuse by staff
Disparate Impact
Disparate Treatment
Excessive force
Failure to discipline
Failure to supervise
Failure to train
Pattern or Practice
Racial profiling
National Origin/Ethnicity
Hispanic
Plaintiff Type
State Plaintiff
Race
Black
Causes of Action 42 U.S.C. § 1983
Declaratory Judgment Act, 28 U.S.C. § 2201
State law
Defendant(s) City of Chicago
Plaintiff Description The state of Illinois on behalf of the people of Illinois.
Class action status sought No
Class action status granted No
Filed Pro Se No
Prevailing Party None Yet / None
Public Int. Lawyer No
Nature of Relief None yet
Source of Relief None yet
Filing Year 2017
Case Ongoing Yes
Docket(s)
1:17−cv−06260 (N.D. Ill.)
PN-IL-0022-9000.pdf | Detail
Date: 05/25/2018
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Complaint [ECF# 1]
PN-IL-0022-0001.pdf | Detail
Date: 08/29/2017
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Exhibit A: "Recommendations for Reform" [ECF# 1]
PN-IL-0022-0002.pdf | Detail
Date: 08/29/2017
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Judges Dow, Robert Michael Jr. (N.D. Ill.)
PN-IL-0022-9000
Plaintiff's Lawyers Arenz, Patrick M (Minnesota)
PN-IL-0022-9000
Bass Ehler, Karyn L. (Illinois)
PN-IL-0022-9000
Caplan, Gary Steven (Illinois)
PN-IL-0022-9000
Flores, Cynthia Lorena (Illinois)
PN-IL-0022-9000
Hendrickson, Cara (Illinois)
PN-IL-0022-9000
Lockner, Anna M. (Michigan)
PN-IL-0022-9000
Lueck, Martin R. (Illinois)
PN-IL-0022-9000
Meghjee, Munir (Minnesota)
PN-IL-0022-9000
Pryor, Shareese N (Illinois)
PN-IL-0022-9000
Purdon, Timothy Q. (North Dakota)
PN-IL-0022-9000
Richie, Leigh J. (Illinois)
PN-IL-0022-9000
Roberg−Perez, Sharon Elizabeth (Minnesota)
PN-IL-0022-9000
Stratton, Brent Douglas (Illinois)
PN-IL-0022-0001 | PN-IL-0022-9000
Thelwell, Mikiko A. (Illinois)
PN-IL-0022-9000
Verticchio, Thomas J (Illinois)
PN-IL-0022-9000
Wells, Christopher Graham (Illinois)
PN-IL-0022-9000
Defendant's Lawyers Babbitt, Elizabeth Erin (Illinois)
PN-IL-0022-9000
Jackson, Heather Ann (Illinois)
PN-IL-0022-9000
Schaller, Rachel L. (Illinois)
PN-IL-0022-9000
Slagel, Allan T. (Illinois)
PN-IL-0022-9000

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