Suburban Paper Sues Illinois Chief Judge

By: A suburban Chicago newspaper filed a federal civil rights lawsuit today against the chief justice of the Illinois Supreme Court over a defamation case.

The Kane County Chronicle asserted Chief Justice Robert Thomas won $4 million against the paper in proceedings that were unconstitutional.

The paper and former columnist Bill Page also said they can't get a fair appeal because Thomas controls the court system.

Thomas sued over a series of columns he alleged were untrue and damaged his reputation.

A jury ordered the Chronicle and Page to pay Thomas $7million. A judge reduced the award by $3 million in March.

Today's lawsuit also names as defendants the justices of the Illinois Supreme Court, the justices of the Illinois Appellate Court and the circuit court judge who presided over the trial.


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