Chicago will be creating a new affirmative litigation team that will consist of four lawyers. This team will make sure that businesses and corporations in Chicago are being held to the task and keeping in line with the law. If a business is doing something that is wrong, these lawyers will file litigation against them. They will use local and outside counsel as needed.
The team has not yet been created. However, Chicago has already filed suit against Uber and Equifax, alleging that they did not respond quickly enough to data breaches, which affected many residents in Chicago. In addition, Chicago has vowed to sue US Steel for waste that has been dumped in rivers near Chicago.
Chicago announced that they are creating this team in order to fill a void that was created by the federal government’s lack of motivation to keep these companies in check. In addition, this team will help bring in revenue to Chicago through these lawsuits.
Siskel, who is the corporation counsel in Chicago, said that this idea started taking place well before the previous election, based on candidate Trump’s comments during his campaign. It made him believe that he will not be as strong as he could on corporations, which meant that Chicago may need to step in to do it themselves.
Siskel was appointed as corporation counsel in Chicago a few weeks after the 2016 election. His first moves were to build better bridges between law enforcement, the judiciary, and other players in the city.
Siskel has also been making it his priority to make various reforms to the city’s legal system and law enforcement system. He will also fix issues with the city’s record keeping process.
This new team will include two lawyers who have already been appointed and another two lawyers who have not yet been appointed. The salary for these two lawyers will be between $65,000 and $115,000 a year.