Week in Review: Northwestern Hazing Lawsuits; Eliminating Cash Bail in Illinois

More Northwestern University graduates come forward to sue their alma mater alleging that the hazing they endured was traumatic and life-altering. They say the assistant coaches knew about “rampant” hazing and even participated. Lawyers for the student-athletes say there was also hazing in the softball and volleyball programs.

The Illinois Supreme Court ruled that cash bail can end in Illinois. Chicago’s police oversight agency can’t find the migrants who allege police sexually abused them in two Chicago police stations.

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Will or won’t former Ald. Danny Solis (25th Ward) — turned government mole — testify against former Ald. Ed Burke (14th Ward)?

A judge dismissed the bribery charges against ComEd this week as two of the four found guilty in the “ComEd Four” case, Anne Pramaggiore and Mike McClain, are stripped of their law licenses. Former Speaker Mike Madigan’s chief of staff, Tim Mapes, is on trial next — and this week he tried to exclude damning undercover recordings. Mike Madigan along with Mike McClain face criminal enterprise charges in April — after McClain is sentenced in January along with the other members of the “ComEd Four.”

A plan to have the city of Chicago shovel snowy sidewalks was essentially buried for at least a year after it was sent to a working group to study. There’s a proposal to phase out the sub-minimum wage for tipped workers in two years. It faces fierce headwinds by the restaurant industry. And City Council is also considering expanding paid time off for most Chicago employees from five sick days per year to 15 days off — for any reason.

Finally, it’s the end of an era with the Rev. Jesse Jackson Sr. stepping aside at the Rainbow PUSH Coalition after more than five decades.


Dan Bernstein, WSCR The Score | @dan_bernstein

Cheryl Corley, NPR | @NPRcherylCorley

Alex Hernandez, Block Club Chicago | @AVHndz

Dave McKinney, WBEZ | @DaveMcKinney

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