The most expensive court settlements agreed to by the City of Chicago in recent years include:
† A spate of lawsuits stemming from the actions of former Chicago Police Cmdr. Jon Burge, who’s serving 4œ years in federal prison for lying in a civil case about his knowledge of alleged torture that went on under his watch — have been settled by the city for more than $30 million, not including legal fees or Monday’s proposed $10.25 million settlement with Alton Logan.
† In 2007, the city paid $5.3 million to settle a wrongful death lawsuit filed by the family of Cornelius Wares, a paraplegic, who was fatally shot by police in 2003.
† In 2012, the city agreed to pay $6.25 million to settle a lawsuit brought by a man who suffered brain damage when a drunken city worker drove his vehicle into a group of people on a Gold Coast sidewalk in 2011.
† In 2012, the city agreed to a $78.4 million settlement to compensate nearly 6,000 African-American would-be firefighters bypassed by the city’s discriminatory handling of a 1995 entrance exam.
† In 2001, the city paid $18 million to settle a wrongful death lawsuit brought by the family of LaTanya Haggerty, an unarmed motorist who was shot and killed by police in 1999.
† In 2008, the city agreed to pay $50 million to victims of the 2003 Cook County Administration Building fire that killed six people and injured 19 others.