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Approach the Bench: Shannon McNulty

Shannon McNulty was a freckled redhead, growing up on Chicago's south side. Shannon recalls her dad planning the family's annual vacations, and trips to her uncle's Michigan home, where the entire clan would gather for water-skiing. Shannon also recalls the many days she would spend with her grandmother, then a Chicago police officer. Her grandfather, too, was a Chicago police officer.Although she describes her family...
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Approach the Bench: Craig J. Squillace

Ask Craig Squillace his most memorable case and he tells the story of a young woman who was physically challenged early in life due to a brain aneurysm. Dependent on public transportation, she was on a bus heading to her government job. On the way, the bus lost control and hit an embankment in suburban Mount Prospect The 46-year-old woman was thrown from her seat and...
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$38.3 Million Verdict Rendered by Cook County Injury in Truck-Car Collision

A $38.3 million verdict was returned March 26 by a Cook County Circuit Court jury on behalf of a west suburban family who was tragically devastated by a multiple truck-car crash on I-90 near Rockford in 1999.The three-man-nine-woman jury deliberated five days before rendering the verdict against three trucking firms who caused the pile-up Feb. 12 five years ago.Four year old Teagan Yoder was killed...
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Clifford Obtains $10 Million Settlement for Injured Suburban Police Officer

Robert Clifford of Clifford Law Offices obtained a $10 million settlement on behalf of an Arlington Heights police officer who was severely injured when a speeding hearse ran a red light and rammed his police car while he was on routine patrol Oct. 13, 2000.Charles Tiedje, 40, had to be removed by rescuers from his car and was airlifted to Lutrheran General Hospital in Park...
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Clifford Settles Violinist Lawsuit Against METRA for $35 Million

The Illinois Supreme Court today entered an order that brings an end to the case of Rachel Barton vs. Metra and Chicago NorthWestern Railroad.The railroads agreed to pay Barton $35 million dollars for injuries sustainedseven years ago. Barton was severely injured in January, 1995, when the conductor allowed the train to leave the station while Barton was pinned to its door.After a month-long trial three...
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