Illinois Review Dismissed from Frivolous Lawsuit: Judge Dismisses Complaints Alleging Increased Taxes Based on Blog Posts

September 22, 2011 (Chicago, IL) A lawsuit against the Illinois Review was dismissed by U.S. District Court Judge Matthew F. Kennelly for a blog post [LINK] that the Illinois Review wrote over two years ago. Illinois Review is represented by the Thomas More Society in Chicago.

The Illinois Review’s blog post included documents showing that former Illinois State Rep. Paul Froehlich sought campaign contributions from individuals who won property tax relief with his assistance. After that story ran, the Cook County Board of Review reversed the tax breaks, and Satkar sued the Illinois Review for defamation.

In the decision, Judge Kennelly said that Satkar “failed to show that the [Illinois Citizen Participation Act] is unconstitutional or inapplicable to Satkar’s claims against the Illinois Review …. Satkar brought these claims in response to these defendants’ acts in furtherance of their right of free speech ….”

“We are pleased that the Court recognized that Illinois Review, by bringing to light a story of great public interest, did nothing wrong and that this lawsuit was meritless and frivolous,” said Peter Breen, Executive Director & Legal Counsel of the Thomas More Society, who is representing the Illinois Review.

Judge Kennelly’s decision is available here [LINK]