WBEZ | lawsuit http://www.wbez.org/tags/lawsuit Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en NFL players file suit against FanDuel http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2015-11-06/nfl-players-file-suit-against-fanduel-113678 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/exavier pope.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>NFL fans are used to playing fantasy football on a weekly basis with the chance of winning a big pot at the end of the season. But in recent years, we&rsquo;ve seen the rise of daily leagues on sites like FanDuel and Draft Kings. Those daily fantasy sites generate big money, and not just for the fans who participate in them. In the first week of October, FanDuel spent more than $16 million dollars on advertising.</p><p>But one NFL player is trying to put the brakes on FanDuel&rsquo;s business model. Washington Redskins wide receiver Pierre Garcon is leading a class-action suit against the daily fantasy sports site, claiming it&rsquo;s breaking the law by using his likeness for monetary gain.</p><p>Attorney and sports legal analyst <a href="https://twitter.com/exavierpope?ref_src=twsrc%5Egoogle%7Ctwcamp%5Eserp%7Ctwgr%5Eauthor">Exavier Pope</a> helps us sift through the case and its potential implications.</p></p> Fri, 06 Nov 2015 12:29:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2015-11-06/nfl-players-file-suit-against-fanduel-113678 Judge: Class-action status allowed in deaf inmates' lawsuit http://www.wbez.org/news/judge-class-action-status-allowed-deaf-inmates-lawsuit-113295 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/3432142598_af2fc1de61_z.jpg" alt="" /><p><div>A federal judge has granted class-action status to a lawsuit brought by deaf inmates alleging the Illinois Department of Corrections violates their civil rights.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>The complaint, first filed in 2011, claims deaf and partially deaf prisoners have limited access to sign language interpreters, hearing aids and other accommodations.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Attorneys say the result is exclusion because the prisoners can&#39;t communicate. That means effectively missing religious services, court-mandated classes, medical visits and in some cases, emergency evacuations.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>The lawsuit seeks injunctive relief, asking for system-wide changes like requiring hearing tests when inmates are first incarcerated.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Both sides had been negotiating an agreement, but an attorney says that failed.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Corrections spokeswoman Nicole Wilson declined to comment Monday. The judge granted class-action status last week. Both sides are due in court in December.</div></p> Mon, 12 Oct 2015 13:07:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/news/judge-class-action-status-allowed-deaf-inmates-lawsuit-113295 Subscribers to streaming services sue the city over cloud tax http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2015-09-15/subscribers-streaming-services-sue-city-over-cloud-tax-112937 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/streaming Televisione Streaming.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>You may have noticed a bump in your Netflix or Hulu service bill. A new 9 percent tax Chicago tax on streaming services went into effect at the beginning of this month and now the law is being challenged. A lawsuit filed last week in the Cook County Circuit Court by the nonprofit Liberty Justice Center says the taxes are illegal under the federal Internet Tax Freedom Act, which prohibits state and local governments from taxing Internet access and imposing discriminatory Internet-only taxes.</p><p><a href="http://www.law.northwestern.edu/">Northwestern University School of Law</a> professor Jim Speta joins us to explain the legal justifications of the suit. He&rsquo;s an expert on telecommunications and Internet policy.</p></p> Tue, 15 Sep 2015 12:16:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2015-09-15/subscribers-streaming-services-sue-city-over-cloud-tax-112937 Gay journalist battles Boy Scouts in court for 18 years http://www.wbez.org/series/storycorps/gay-journalist-battles-boy-scouts-court-18-years-110793 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/StoryCorps 140905 Noel Tim bh.JPG" alt="" /><p><p>Growing up in Berkeley, California in the 1970s, Tim Curran loved camping. When his best friend joined the Boy Scouts, Curran signed up too. He rose up through the ranks, achieving scouting&rsquo;s highest honor, Eagle Scout, during high school.</p><p>Curran, who is gay, came out when he was a teenager. His troop was supportive of him. But after his senior year, he was featured in a newspaper story with his prom date, who was also male. And the newspaper found its way into the hands of some higher-ups within the Boy Scouts, who decided to take action against Curran.</p><p>These days Curran works as a journalist with CNN, but three decades ago, he found himself in a very different position, as the plaintiff in a lawsuit against the Boy Scouts of America. Curran was in Chicago recently for a convention of the National Gay and Lesbian Journalists Association, when he stopped by the StoryCorps booth with his partner, Noel Parks.</p><p>Curran was a freshman at UCLA, when he got a letter at his dorm. &ldquo;I opened it up and it was from the council executive, the head guy of the local scout council, the Mt. Diablo Council. And it said, &lsquo;Your application to attend the national jamboree is rejected. And we need to have a conversation about your future participation with scouting.&rsquo;</p><p>So I called the council executive from my dorm room and I said does this have something to do with the article in the [Oakland] Tribune? Does this have something to do with the fact that I&rsquo;m gay?&rdquo;</p><p>And he sort of hemmed and hawed and said &ldquo;Well, yes, and we can talk about it at Thanksgiving.&rdquo;</p><p>So that&rsquo;s what happened. My mother and my stepfather [and my troop leader] and I met with this council executive guy over Thanksgiving vacation and we had this lengthy conversation the gist of which was, &ldquo;Do you still espouse homosexuality?&rdquo; And I said: &ldquo;If by that are you asking whether I&rsquo;m still gay, the answer is yes.&rdquo;</p><p>And he said, &ldquo;Scouting does not believe that you have the moral qualifications to be a leader. And so we are revoking your registration in scouting, we&rsquo;re revoking your registration in your troop.&rdquo; And he said knowing that my troop knew that I was gay and was perfectly happy to have me. So that was the end of that.</p><p>I just remember shaking with anger at the injustice of it, but also sort of impotent to do anything about it. But also knowing that you&rsquo;re talking with this guy, it&rsquo;s a civilized conversation and you just have to keep cool and act like a scout would act.</p><p>And so in April of 1981, we filed suit against the Boy Scouts of America. We meaning myself and the ACLU of Southern California.<br />It was a trial with testimony, and both sides, my friends in scouting getting on the stand and me getting on the stand, and the council executive, all testifying.</p><p>And the judge at the trial ruled against us, so we appealed. And 18 years almost to the day after we filed that suit, I lost.</p><p>But I have to say that I think it&rsquo;s very much made me a better journalist.</p><p>Because unlike nearly all of the people I&rsquo;ve ever worked with in journalism, I know what it&rsquo;s like to be on the other side of the mic.<br />I volunteered for that. But it has very much informed the way that I treat others and the way that I concern myself with accuracy. Because I heard my story misreported a million times, and knew how the little details could be gotten wrong. And so I really struggled &ndash; much to the annoyance of my editors - to get those details, the nuances right, even though sometimes it takes more time to tell a story that way.&rdquo;</p></p> Fri, 12 Sep 2014 15:12:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/series/storycorps/gay-journalist-battles-boy-scouts-court-18-years-110793 CTA facing lawsuits over Blue Line crash http://www.wbez.org/news/cta-facing-lawsuits-over-blue-line-crash-109923 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/AP661422106797(1)_0.jpg" alt="" /><p><p dir="ltr" id="docs-internal-guid-4d56c266-0058-d3dc-b02d-129942eb4a5c">Two women who say they were hurt in Monday&rsquo;s O&rsquo;Hare station train crash have filed lawsuits against the Chicago Transit Authority. Attorneys say there are more lawsuits to come.</p><p>The women both work in O&rsquo;Hare International Airport and were passengers on the CTA Blue Line train that jumped the tracks and plowed up an escalator at the airport station. Both claim they suffered debilitating injuries in the accident, which occurred early Monday morning.<br /><br />Both suits were filed in Cook County court and the plaintiffs demand more than $50,000 in damages.</p><blockquote><p><strong>Related:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.wbez.org/news/leaked-video-appears-show-blue-line-train-derailment-109917">Leaked video appears to show Blue Line train derailment</a></strong></p></blockquote><p dir="ltr">Jerry Latherow, the attorney for plaintiff Niakesha Thomas, said Thomas was on her way to work at Hudson&rsquo;s News Stand in the airport when the train crashed.</p><p>The lawyer said Thomas cannot walk right now because of her injuries.</p><p dir="ltr">&ldquo;She&rsquo;s a sole bread-winner, she has a 1-year-old baby. She is not going to be able to work, we don&rsquo;t know how long it&rsquo;s going to be before she gets back to work. But she needs to do what she can to protect herself and her baby,&rdquo; Latherow said.</p><p>He said Thomas suffered injuries to her hips and back.</p><p dir="ltr">The lawsuit alleges the crash was caused by a combination of operator error and failures by the CTA to maintain the tracks and train equipment.</p><p>Federal officials say the train operator admitted that she &ldquo;dozed off&quot; before the accident.</p><p dir="ltr">National Transportation Safety Board investigator Ted Turpin said the woman had been working as an operator for about two months and acknowledged she had previously fallen asleep on the job in February, when her train partially missed a station.</p><p>&quot;She did admit that she dozed off prior to entering the station,&quot; Turpin said of the operator during a briefing Wednesday. &quot;She did not awake until the train hit.&quot;</p><p dir="ltr">He said the woman, who was cooperating with the investigation, often worked an erratic schedule, filling in for other CTA employees.</p><p>&quot;Her hours would vary every day,&quot; he said.</p><p dir="ltr">Turpin said the NTSB is investigating the woman&#39;s training, scheduling, and disciplinary history.</p><p>Latherow said it is &ldquo;very alarming&rdquo; that the transit agency allowed someone who had fallen asleep at the helm before to operate another train.</p><p dir="ltr">&ldquo;She&rsquo;d only been working as an &hellip; operator for 60 days &hellip; and here she&rsquo;s fallen asleep what comes out to once a month now,&rdquo; Latherow said. &ldquo;And this is very alarming, and you wonder who is calling the shots? Who is letting somebody like this continue to operate a train, which is deadly?&rdquo;</p><p>Latherow said an aim of the suit is to force change at the CTA -- including altering the agency&rsquo;s hiring policies and fixing the train&rsquo;s braking system.</p><p dir="ltr">A CTA spokeswoman said the agency does not comment on pending litigation.</p><p>The second lawsuit was filed by 23-year-old Dalila Jefferson, a security officer who also was on her way to work at the airport.</p><p dir="ltr">Her attorneys said she was preparing to get off the first car of the train when she was &quot;catapulted forward&quot; as the car jumped the track and came to rest partway up an escalator.</p><p>Attorneys said Jefferson broke her foot and suffered neck and back injuries.</p><p dir="ltr">More than 30 people were hurt during the crash, which occurred around 3 a.m. Monday. None of the injuries was life-threatening.</p><p>Nonetheless, Latherow predicts many more lawsuits. He said his firm is already preparing another suit against the CTA, this one brought by a Transportation Security Administration worker who was hurt on her way to work.</p><p dir="ltr">Turpin said the crash caused about $6 million worth of damage.</p><p><em>Patrick Smith is a WBEZ reporter and producer. Follow him <a href="http://twitter.com/pksmid" target="_blank">@pksmid</a></em></p></p> Wed, 26 Mar 2014 16:42:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/news/cta-facing-lawsuits-over-blue-line-crash-109923 Matteson officials sues Lincoln Mall over safety violations http://www.wbez.org/news/matteson-officials-sues-lincoln-mall-over-safety-violations-108335 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/Matteson Mall_130807_AYC.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>The Village of Matteson today asked a Cook County judge to immediately close Lincoln Mall because of conditions officials said put patrons and employees in danger.</p><p>The 40-year-old mall was sold to New York-based businessman Michael Kohan. He paid $150,000 in a judicial sale last June. At the time, Kohan promised to fix the violations.</p><p>Village officials said they&rsquo;ve since approached Kohan with complaints about violations like blocked fire exits and exposed electrical wires.</p><p>They said they have filed 24 safety citations, but Kohan has done nothing to improve conditions.</p><p>Village Administrator Brian Mitchell said enough is enough.</p><p>&ldquo;Safety is first and foremost,&rdquo; Mitchell said. &ldquo;You know, to make this decision is hard, but we can&rsquo;t look at economic development and being pro-business when we have a building that is not safe.&rdquo;</p><p>The mall declined to comment.</p><p>A hearing is scheduled Thursday to decide on the mall&rsquo;s closure.</p><p><em>Aimee Chen is a WBEZ business reporting intern. Follow her <a href="http://twitter.com/AimeeYuyiChen" target="_blank">@AimeeYuyiChen</a>.</em></p></p> Thu, 08 Aug 2013 10:16:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/news/matteson-officials-sues-lincoln-mall-over-safety-violations-108335 Case over lawmaker pay could be 'landmark' http://www.wbez.org/news/case-over-lawmaker-pay-could-be-landmark-108299 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/AP917659587334.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>CHICAGO &mdash; Gov. Pat Quinn says a lawsuit over his decision to suspend lawmaker pay for failing to act on the state pension crisis will be a &quot;landmark&quot; case.</p><p>Quinn attended a court hearing Tuesday involving a lawsuit filed by Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan and Senate President John Cullerton to force Quinn and Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka to issue paychecks.</p><p>A Cook County Circuit Court judge set oral arguments for Sept. 18.</p><p>Last month, Quinn cut $13.8 million for legislators&#39; pay from the state budget after threatening consequences if they didn&#39;t act on pensions.</p><p>The lawsuit asks the court to decide if Quinn&#39;s line-item veto fully eliminated lawmakers&#39; salaries. If the court upholds Quinn&#39;s amendatory veto, plaintiffs want the court to declare Quinn&#39;s action unconstitutional.</p><p>Quinn says his move is constitutional.<br />&nbsp;</p></p> Tue, 06 Aug 2013 11:08:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/news/case-over-lawmaker-pay-could-be-landmark-108299 Lawsuit targets planned Illiana Tollway http://www.wbez.org/news/lawsuit-targets-planned-illiana-tollway-108038 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/Tollway 1.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>The long-awaited and much-touted Illiana Tollway proposed for Chicago&rsquo;s southernmost reaches could face delays now that the first federal lawsuit challenging it has been filed.</p><p>Three groups, Openlands, Sierra Club and Midewin Heritage Associated filed a complaint at the Dirksen Federal Courts Building in Chicago on Thursday.</p><p>The trio targets the Federal Highway Administration, claiming it violated federal law by approving an environmental study by the Illinois and Indiana Departments of Transportation. That study, according to the complaint, failed to establish the need for the road and come up with alternatives.</p><p>The groups say the FHA&rsquo;s approval of the study &ldquo;undermines&rdquo; long-established land use and transportation plans and threatens wildlife habitats such as the Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie in Wilmington, Ill., just east of Interstate 55.</p><p>&ldquo;We feel that they have not adequately studied, reviewed and really considered everything appropriately, especially the environmental impacts,&rdquo; said Lenor Beyer-Clow, policy director for the Chicago-based Openlands. &ldquo;All through the corridor there&rsquo;s significant protected natural areas and globally significant species.&rdquo;</p><p>A spokesperson for the Federal Highway Administration declined comment on the issue.</p><p>FHA public affairs specialist Doug Hecox says it&rsquo;s a matter of policy that the agency does not comment on pending litigation, but it was aware of the lawsuit.</p><p>&ldquo;It was brought up in a meeting this morning,&rdquo; Hecox told WBEZ on Friday.</p><p>The Illinois Tollway is a joint project between the states of Illinois and Indiana.</p><p>The 47-mile, multi-million dollar east-west roadway is expected to connect I-55 in Will County to I-65 in Lake County, Ind.</p><p>Proponents say the highway has been on the drawing board for nearly a century, and was even proposed by Chicago&rsquo;s famed urban planner Daniel Burnham.</p><p>Just last month, Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn and Indiana Gov. Mike Pence shared a stage in Rosemont, Ill. to tout the importance of both states working together to complete the project by decade&rsquo;s end.</p><p>They say the highway will create thousands of jobs while relieving congestion on existing roadways, including I-80/94, which travels east-west from Chicago&rsquo;s closer south suburbs into the Northwest Indiana cities of Hammond and Gary.</p><p>The Illiana would be located much farther south, connecting the areas of Peotone, Ill. and Cedar Lake, Ind.</p><p>The tollway is expected to serve a growing intermodal transportation hub near Joliet and possibly a third major regional airport in Peotone.</p><p>For more than a year, both states&rsquo; departments of transportation have held joint open houses to discuss routes and other issues with residents on both sides of the state lines.</p><p>At recent forums in Peotone and Lowell, Ind., dozens of opponents - most of them residents - have expressed anger over the proposed route and loss of land.</p><p>Those concerns are now being echoed in the lawsuit filed yesterday.</p><p>&ldquo;Building an astronomically expensive tollway with no demonstrated need and with extreme environmental and cultural impact is foolhardy,&rdquo; said Openlands President and CEO Jerry Adelmann. &ldquo;Openlands does not enter into lawsuits without extensive research and contemplation. We feel an obligation to raise concerns about this project, which is poorly planned and being pushed forward too quickly. The region has real transportation needs that are being addressed by the thoughtful, inclusive work of regional planning agencies, but this proposed tollway conflicts with these plans.&rdquo;</p><p>The complaint alleges that federal highway officials violated the National Environmental Policy Act and other federal laws by approving an inadequate environmental study.</p><p>The complaint states the study is based on &ldquo;inflated and displaced population and employment projections and failed to thoroughly evaluate how the tollway would create regional impacts to state and federally protected natural resources.&rdquo;</p><p>The groups also claim the Illiana Tollway conflict with the core land use plans and principles of planning agencies in both states &mdash; the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP) and the Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission (NIRPC) &mdash; the two agencies that are charged with developing regional transportation plans.</p><p>However, NIRPC has yet to take a stand on whether the Illiana is needed in Northwest Indiana&rsquo;s long-range transportation plans. Approval is needed to move the project along in Indiana.</p><p>To support creation of the Illiana Tollway, a massive quarry will be built near Lowell, Ind., which could change the landscape of the rural area for years to come.</p><p>Meanwhile, CMAP appears to be on the road to approving Illiana in its long-range transportation needs for Will County, although there has been some disagreement recently by board members on the exact route for the tollway.&nbsp;</p><p>Regardless, challengers to the project say the Illiana is bad for the region.</p><p>&ldquo;The proposed Illiana Tollway route would harm important Will County treasures including the Midewin grassland, Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery, and the high-quality Kankakee River,&rdquo; said Cindy Skrukrud, clean water advocate for the Illinois Chapter of the Sierra Club. &ldquo;Instead we need a transportation plan that meets the population forecasts and principles of our region&rsquo;s award-winning Go to 2040 plan.&rdquo;</p><p><br /><em>Follow WBEZ reporter Michael Puente on Twitter <a href="http://twitter.com/MikePuenteNews" target="_blank">@MikePuenteNews</a>.&nbsp;</em></p></p> Fri, 12 Jul 2013 11:18:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/news/lawsuit-targets-planned-illiana-tollway-108038 Chicago mayor reportedly encouraged Northwestern to do a PR blitz to tear down Prentice http://www.wbez.org/sections/architecture/chicago-mayor-reportedly-encouraged-northwestern-do-pr-blitz-tear-down <p><div><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/8181153316_e16ba716c2_z.jpg" style="height: 193px; width: 300px; float: left;" title="(Flickr/Chicagogeek)" />Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel reportedly encouraged Northwestern University to start a PR campaign in support of demolishing the old Prentice Women&rsquo;s Hospital&nbsp; &ndash; long before he announced his public support for tearing it down.</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image "><a href="http://dailynorthwestern.com/2012/11/14/city/emanuel-nudged-northwestern-officials-on-public-prentice-campaign/"><em>The Daily Northwestern </em>reports </a>the mayor&#39;s push for PR came in response to an orchestrated campaign by preservationists to preserve and reuse the structure by noted Chicago architect Bertrand Goldberg.</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">The mayor asked, &lsquo;What are you guys going to do, are you going to have an offensive?&rsquo;&rdquo; University President Morton Schapiro told <em>The Daily</em> ... &ldquo;He said he was getting inundated with letters. He was just saying these guys are very aggressive and spending a lot of money.&rdquo;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">The college newspaper reports it was one of several face-to-face meetings between Emanuel and university officials.</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&ldquo;We were as surprised as anyone as anyone reading about the alleged conversations that occurred,&rdquo; said Michael Rachlis, the lawyer representing the National Trust for Historic Preservation and the Landmarks Preservation Council of Illinois (now called Landmarks Illinois).</div><p>The preservationists are suing the Chicago Landmarks Commission on the grounds that it violated its own ordinance when it voted to demolish Prentice just a few hours after approving preliminary landmark designation &ndash; in the same meeting.</p><p>Preservationists argue the building is iconic and should be reused, while Northwestern argues it cannot build the kind of medical research facility it needs.</p><p>Calls to President Schapiro&rsquo;s office to verify the mayor&rsquo;s comments went unanswered.</p><p>The mayor&rsquo;s spokesperson, Tom Alexander, said the mayor was involved in discussions with all parties involved, preservationists included.</p><p>&ldquo;That was the sole focus of his effort throughout,&rdquo; Alexander said in an e-mail. &ldquo;At the end of the process, after hearing from all groups, he made his viewpoint known.&rdquo;</p><p>Rachlis said the preservationists are more focused on the lawsuit than the mayor&rsquo;s alleged comments.</p><p>&ldquo;We don&rsquo;t know, and all that we&rsquo;re prepared to deal with here are the allegations in the lawsuit. And those we have confidence in and believe that those stand on their own,&quot; Rachlis said.</p><p>The status hearing for the lawsuit is Dec. 7.</p></div><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Thu, 06 Dec 2012 16:57:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/sections/architecture/chicago-mayor-reportedly-encouraged-northwestern-do-pr-blitz-tear-down Chicago-area Boy Scouts 'deeply regret' abuse http://www.wbez.org/news/chicago-area-boy-scouts-deeply-regret-abuse-104177 <p><p>The head of the Chicago-area Boy Scouts of America council is apologizing for the sexual abuse of scouts.</p><p>CEO Charles Dobbins says he hasn&#39;t seen a lawsuit filed Tuesday accusing his group and the national organization of failing to protect children from a convicted pedophile.</p><p>The suit was filed in Cook County on behalf of a former scout who said he was molested by Thomas Hacker in 1985.</p><p>New documents show Hacker was banned from scouting in Indiana in 1970 for sexually assaulting boys but later became an Illinois scoutmaster and went on to molest more boys.</p><p>Attorney Christopher Hurley, who represents the anonymous scout, said the Boy Scout organization needs a better system to protect children.</p><p>&ldquo;[Hacker] was able to move from one boy scout local to another without detection,&rdquo; Hurley said. &ldquo;The method the Boy Scouts set up to prevent this type of movement was completely inadequate.&rdquo;</p><p>The 75-year-old Hacker was convicted in 1989 and is serving concurrent 50-year prison terms.</p><p>Dobbins said the Boy Scouts now routinely conduct background checks and members must report suspected abuse to law enforcement.</p><p>The Boy Scouts of Chicago said they can&rsquo;t comment on the lawsuit but released a statement:</p><p>&ldquo;Any instance of child abuse is intolerable and unacceptable. While we have not seen this lawsuit, we deeply regret that there have been times when Scouts were abused, and for that we are very sorry and extend our deepest sympathies to victims.&rdquo;</p></p> Tue, 04 Dec 2012 11:16:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/news/chicago-area-boy-scouts-deeply-regret-abuse-104177