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A fine surprise: City may owe millions in refund

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel listens during Chicago City Council meeting Wednesday June 25 2014 Chicago. During meeting council approved an

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel listens during a Chicago City Council meeting Wednesday, June 25, 2014, in Chicago. During the meeting, the council approved an ordinance that dramatically limits where gun stores can operate and requires them to videotape every purchase to prevent one person from buying a gun for another. Aldermen voted 48-0 on Wednesday for the law that would prohibit gun shops in most of Chicago. (AP Photo/Sun-Times Media, Brian Jackson) MANDATORY CREDIT, MAGS OUT, NO SALES ORG XMIT: ILCHS102

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Updated: July 30, 2014 6:29AM

Chicago taxpayers could be on the hook to refund millions of dollars in fines levied by administrative hearing officers over the years because the city did not require corporate defendants to be represented by licensed attorneys. The surprise liability stems from a May 20 Illinois Appellate Court ruling in a case filed by Stone Street Partners, a limited liability corporation that owned Gold Coast real estate....READ MORE

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