Case: Fields v. McDonald

1:89-cv-01624 | U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois

Filed Date: March 1, 1989

Closed Date: 1997

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Case Summary

This class action was filed on behalf of impoverished parents and legal guardians who have lost, are at risk of losing, or cannot regain custody of their children from the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) because they are homeless or unable to provide food or shelter for their children. Plaintiffs filed their lawsuit against the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services in 1989 in the U.C. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. Plaintiffs all…

This class action was filed on behalf of impoverished parents and legal guardians who have lost, are at risk of losing, or cannot regain custody of their children from the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) because they are homeless or unable to provide food or shelter for their children. Plaintiffs filed their lawsuit against the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services in 1989 in the U.C. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. Plaintiffs alleged that defendants' policies violated provisions of Title IV-E of the Social Security Act, as well as the First and Fourteenth Amendments.

The complaint sought declaratory and injunctive relief challenging the policies and practices of taking and retaining children of impoverished parents; failing to assist parents to secure food, cash, shelter, and other subsistence through coordination of services; failing to make reasonable efforts at reunification; and abridging the liberty and property interests of parents in retaining custody of their children while requiring them to maintain the means to support themselves and their families.

Two class members secured a preliminary injunction, requiring defendants to issue sufficient funds to secure housing and utilities, restore Aid to Families with Dependent Children (AFDC) benefits, and identify all other sources of financial assistance.

On March 28, 1992, the court approved a consent decree, providing for detailed policies and development of new programs for cash and housing assistance, and for extensive monitoring. After defendants failed to meet several deadlines, the parties negotiated the scope of the decree, its implementation, and mandated compliance reports.

On March 10, 1995, the parties entered an agreed order to extend the monitor's term for two years, to have DCFS hire a housing specialist to create a system for ensuring that families are reunified speedily, to investigate a new pre-court "screening" to prevent unnecessary removal of children, and to provide for an ombudsperson to resolve individual class member problems. The court reduced the monitoring period to one year. When DCFS refused an extension at the expiration of the monitor's term, plaintiffs filed a motion for continued monitoring and/or declaratory and injunctive relief for noncompliance.

Defendants argued that the decree was unenforceable after Suter v. Artist M. absent a finding of contempt. Defendants also argued that DCFS had "substantially complied" with the decree, and, therefore, the court could neither make a finding of contempt nor grant relief. On April 11, 1996, the court ruled against defendants, ordering continued monitoring on limited issues.

Monitoring continued for one year, and the parties entered into a limited out-of-court agreement for continued monitoring. Counsel for plaintiffs continue to work with impoverished parents to ensure that they are able to access Norman services.

People


Judge(s)

Gottschall, Joan B. (Illinois)

Hart, William Thomas (Illinois)

Attorneys(s) for Plaintiff

Heybach, Laurene Marie (Illinois)

Matlack, Joan (Illinois)

Redleaf, Diane L. (Illinois)

Wishnick, Susan (Illinois)

Attorneys(s) for Defendant

Baer, Kimberley K. (Illinois)

Cason, Tiffanie N (Illinois)

Eisenhauer, Nancy S. (Illinois)

Getzendanner, Susan Christine O'Meara (Illinois)

Judge(s)

Gottschall, Joan B. (Illinois)

Hart, William Thomas (Illinois)

Attorneys(s) for Plaintiff

Heybach, Laurene Marie (Illinois)

Matlack, Joan (Illinois)

Redleaf, Diane L. (Illinois)

Wishnick, Susan (Illinois)

Attorneys(s) for Defendant

Baer, Kimberley K. (Illinois)

Cason, Tiffanie N (Illinois)

Eisenhauer, Nancy S. (Illinois)

Getzendanner, Susan Christine O'Meara (Illinois)

Greenspan, Barbara Lynn (Illinois)

Murphy, Bart Thomas (Illinois)

Smith, Charles Matthew (Georgia)

Steimel, Danielle J. (Illinois)

Tchen, Christina M. (Illinois)

Documents in the Clearinghouse

Document

1:89-cv-01624

Docket [PACER]

May 7, 1997

May 7, 1997

Docket

1:89-cv-01624

6th Monitoring Report Appendix B: Redesigning the Front Door (Concept Paper)

Feb. 11, 1966

Feb. 11, 1966

Monitor/Expert/Receiver Report

1:89-cv-01624

Complaint

Fields v. Johnson

Feb. 27, 1989

Feb. 27, 1989

Complaint

1:89-cv-01624

Departmental Appeals Board Decision Re: The Illinois Department of Children and Family Services

No Court

April 13, 1989

April 13, 1989

Other

1:89-cv-01624

Plaintiffs' Post Trial Memorandum

Fields v. Johnson

July 18, 1989

July 18, 1989

Pleading / Motion / Brief

1:89-cv-01624

Report and Recommendation

Fields v. Johnson

Jan. 16, 1990

Jan. 16, 1990

Order/Opinion

1:89-cv-01624

Memorandum Opinion and Order

Norman v. Johnson

739 F.Supp. 1182

May 18, 1990

May 18, 1990

Order/Opinion
171

1:89-cv-01624

Consent Order

Norman v. McDonald

March 28, 1991

March 28, 1991

Settlement Agreement
205

1:89-cv-01624

6th Monitoring Report Appendix I: Revisions to the Norman Procedures

Norman v. McDonald

No Court

Aug. 1, 1995

Aug. 1, 1995

Monitor/Expert/Receiver Report
205

1:89-cv-01624

6th Monitoring Report Appendix D: A Model of Practice

Aug. 15, 1995

Aug. 15, 1995

Monitor/Expert/Receiver Report

Resources

Docket

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ECF Number Description Date Link Date / Link
152

MINUTE ORDER of 10/30/90 before Honorable William T. Hart : Status hearing held; continued to 15 Nov 90 at 9:15 a.m. Notice not mailed. (fce) (Entered: 11/01/1990)

Oct. 30, 1990

Oct. 30, 1990

153

MINUTE ORDER of 11/15/90 before Honorable William T. Hart : Status hearing held; continued to 30 Nov 90 at 9:15 a.m. Notice not mailed. (fce) (Entered: 11/16/1990)

Nov. 15, 1990

Nov. 15, 1990

154

MINUTE ORDER of 11/30/90 before Honorable William T. Hart : Status hearing held; continued to 17 Dec 90 at 9:15 a.m. Notice not mailed. (fce) (Entered: 11/30/1990)

Nov. 30, 1990

Nov. 30, 1990

155

AFFIDAVIT of Donald D. Schwartz for garnishment; nonwage with interrogatories (fce) (Entered: 11/30/1990)

Nov. 30, 1990

Nov. 30, 1990

GARNISHMENT SUMMONS nonwage and one copy with three copies of the affidavit and interrogatories as to St. Charles Savings &Loan Association (fce) (Entered: 11/30/1990)

Nov. 30, 1990

Nov. 30, 1990

CITATION to Discover Assets Issued as to Erik Haldorsen (fce) (Entered: 11/30/1990)

Nov. 30, 1990

Nov. 30, 1990

156

MINUTE ORDER of 12/17/90 before Honorable William T. Hart : Status hearing held; continued to 01/03/91 at 1:45 p.m. Notice not mailed. (fce) (Entered: 12/18/1990)

Dec. 17, 1990

Dec. 17, 1990

157

MINUTE ORDER of 1/3/91 before Honorable William T. Hart : Status hearing held; continued to 01/11/91 at 9:15 a.m. Notice not mailed. (fce) (Entered: 01/04/1991)

Jan. 3, 1991

Jan. 3, 1991

158

MINUTE ORDER of 1/11/91 before Honorable William T. Hart : Status hearing held; continued to 01/18/91 at 9:15 a.m. Notice not mailed. (fce) (Entered: 01/15/1991)

Jan. 11, 1991

Jan. 11, 1991

159

MINUTE ORDER of 1/18/91 before Honorable William T. Hart : Defendant's oral motion for leave to file additional appearance of attorney Sue Suter by Tuesday, January 22, 1991. Status hearing held; continued to 01/25/91 at 9:15 a.m. Notice not mailed. (fce) (Entered: 01/22/1991)

Jan. 18, 1991

Jan. 18, 1991

160

ORDER (fce) (Entered: 01/24/1991)

Jan. 22, 1991

Jan. 22, 1991

161

MINUTE ORDER of 1/22/91 before Honorable William T. Hart : Enter order that Sue Suter be substituted as the defendant in this action in place of Jess McDonald and that the caption in this case so reflect. The court's January 18, 1991 minute order granting defendant leave to file additional appearance of counsel Sue Suter is stricken. (For further detail see order attached to the original minute order form.) Notice mailed 01/24/91. (fce) (Entered: 01/24/1991)

Jan. 22, 1991

Jan. 22, 1991

162

JOINT MOTION for entry of agreed order of preliminary approval of consent decree class notice and setting of fairness hearing order (exhibits). ; notice of motion. (dmkf) (Entered: 01/28/1991)

Jan. 25, 1991

Jan. 25, 1991

163

MINUTE ORDER of 1/25/91 before Honorable William T. Hart : Status hearing held. Preliminary approval of consent decree is granted. Fairness hearing set for March 28, 1991 at 2:00p.m. Parties to file before the fainess hearing declaration(s) which explain how notice was given. [62−1] Notice mailed. (dmkf) (Entered: 01/28/1991)

Jan. 25, 1991

Jan. 25, 1991

164

AGREED ORDER regarding settlement. (dmkf) (Entered: 02/01/1991)

Jan. 28, 1991

Jan. 28, 1991

166

REPORT AND RECOMMENDATION concerning plaintiffs' motion for class certification. (fce) (Entered: 03/01/1991)

Feb. 28, 1991

Feb. 28, 1991

167

MINUTE ORDER of 2/28/91 before Magistrate Joan B. Gottschall : Enter Magistrate Judge Gottschall's report and recommendation to Judge Hart. All matters relating to referral of above entitled cause having been resolved, this cause is returned to Judge Hart for further proceedings. (For further detail see order attached to the original minute order form.) terminating case referral Notice mailed 03/01/91. (fce) (Entered: 03/01/1991)

Feb. 28, 1991

Feb. 28, 1991

168

MINUTE ORDER of 3/6/91 before Honorable William T. Hart : By 03/21/91, parties shall submit proposed findings of fact and conclusions of law for fairness hearing. Parties may also submit joint or separate supporting briefs. This court previously withdrew the motion for class certification from the magistrate. Therefore, the magistrate's recent report and recommendation on that motion will not be acted upon. Notice mailed. (fce) (Entered: 03/08/1991)

March 6, 1991

March 6, 1991

169

AGREED EMERGENCY MOTION by defendant Sue Suter to extend time for fairness hearing ; notice of motion. (dmkf) (Entered: 03/27/1991)

March 25, 1991

March 25, 1991

170

MINUTE ORDER of 3/25/91 before Honorable William T. Hart : Defendant's agreed emergency motion to extend the fairness hearing date is entered and continued to March 28, 1991 at 2:00p.m. re [169−1] Notice not mailed. (dmkf) (Entered: 03/27/1991)

March 25, 1991

March 25, 1991

171

CONSENT ORDER (dmkf) (Entered: 03/29/1991)

March 28, 1991

March 28, 1991

172

ORDER APPROVING CONSENT ORDER (dmkf) (Entered: 03/29/1991)

March 28, 1991

March 28, 1991

173

MINUTE ORDER of 3/28/91 before Honorable William T. Hart : Judgment is entered as follows: Enter order approving consent order. Enter consent order. Parties to submit nomination for monitor by April 8, 1991 to the court. (For further detail see order attached to the original minute order form.) terminating case Notice mailed. (dmkf) (Entered: 03/29/1991)

March 28, 1991

March 28, 1991

174

JOINT RECOMMENDATION to the Court for court−appointed monitor; (exhibit); notice of filing by defendant (dmkf) (Entered: 04/04/1991)

April 3, 1991

April 3, 1991

175

ORDER of reference to court−appointed monitor (dmkf) (Entered: 04/10/1991)

April 8, 1991

April 8, 1991

176

MINUTE ORDER of 4/8/91 before Honorable William T. Hart : Judgment is entered as follows: Enter order of reference to court−appointed monitor. (For further detail see order attached to the original minute order form.) Notice mailed. (dmkf) (Entered: 04/10/1991)

April 8, 1991

April 8, 1991

177

COPY OF ORDER from the USCA for the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals dated 04/12/91...It is ordered that the motion is granted and this appeal is dismissed, pursuant to Federal Rule of Appellate Procedure 42(b). (dmkf) (Entered: 04/18/1991)

April 17, 1991

April 17, 1991

179

FILED 04/23/91: Letter from the USA for the 7th Circuit Court returning the complete record on appeal, consisting of: 8 volumes of pleadings; 1 Loose pleadings; 7 volumes of transcripts; 1 volume of exhibits. (dmkf) Modified on 04/25/1991 (Entered: 04/25/1991)

April 23, 1991

April 23, 1991

180

MOTION by plaintiffs for an award of attorney fees and costs (attachments) ; notice of motion. (dmkf) (Entered: 05/07/1991)

May 3, 1991

May 3, 1991

181

MINUTE ORDER of 5/3/91 before Honorable William T. Hart : re [180−1] Plaintiff's motion for award of attorney fees and cost is entered and continued. Status hearing set for 05/21/91 at 9:15a.m. Notice not mailed. (dmkf) (Entered: 05/07/1991)

May 3, 1991

May 3, 1991

182

MINUTE ORDER of 5/21/91 before Honorable William T. Hart : Status hearing held and continued to 06/04/91 at 9:15a.m. Notice not mailed. (dmkf) (Entered: 05/24/1991)

May 21, 1991

May 21, 1991

183

MINUTE ORDER of 5/30/91 before Honorable William T. Hart : Status hearing re−set for 06/12/91 at 9:15a.m. Judge's staff notified counsel by telephone. (dmkf) (Entered: 05/31/1991)

May 30, 1991

May 30, 1991

184

MINUTE ORDER of 6/5/91 before Honorable William T. Hart : Status hearing reset for 07/16/91 at 9:15a.m. Notice mailed 06/06/91. (dmkf) (Entered: 06/06/1991)

June 5, 1991

June 5, 1991

185

AGREED MOTION by plaintiffs for entry of agreed order (Attachment) ; notice of motion. (dmkf) (Entered: 06/28/1991)

June 27, 1991

June 27, 1991

186

ENTERED JUDGEMENT. Clerk. (dmkf) (Entered: 06/28/1991)

June 27, 1991

June 27, 1991

187

MINUTE ORDER of 6/27/91 before Honorable William T. Hart : Judgment is entered as follows: By agreement of the parties, judgment is entered in favor of the plaintiffs Norman et al and against defendant Suter in the amount of $290.000.00 for attorneys fees plus $13,313.00 for costs. Defendant is ordered to pay the entire judgment to plaintiffs' counsel, Legal Assistance Foundation of Chicago on or before 07/26/91. Notice mailed 06/28/91. (dmkf) (Entered: 06/28/1991)

June 27, 1991

June 27, 1991

188

LETTER from the USCA for the 7th Circuit Court returning the complete record on appeal, consisting of: l in camera material. (ldg) (Entered: 02/25/1992)

Feb. 20, 1992

Feb. 20, 1992

189

FIRST monitoring report by Jeanine Smith (Attachments). (ldg) (Entered: 03/04/1992)

March 2, 1992

March 2, 1992

190

MINUTE ORDER of 3/2/92 by Hon. William T. Hart : Filed of record First monitoring report by court appointed monitor, Jeanine Smith for period covered 04/01/91 to 01/01/92 pursuant to the consent order. (This first monitoring report is filed without exhibits attached) No notice (ldg) (Entered: 03/04/1992)

March 2, 1992

March 2, 1992

191

SECOND monitoring report (Attachments). (ldg) (Entered: 10/05/1992)

Oct. 1, 1992

Oct. 1, 1992

192

OBJECTIONS by plaintiffs to second monitoring report and request for status conference [191−1]; Notice of filing. (ldg) (Entered: 11/06/1992)

Nov. 4, 1992

Nov. 4, 1992

193

MINUTE ORDER of 11/6/92 by Hon. William T. Hart : Pursuant to the plaintiffs' objections to second monitoring report and request for status conference filed 11/04/92, a status hearing is set for 12/08/92 at 9:45 a.m. Mailed notice (ldg) (Entered: 11/09/1992)

Nov. 6, 1992

Nov. 6, 1992

195

REPLY by plaintiff to defendant's response in opposition to plaintiffs' objections (Attachment) [194−1]; Notice of filing. (ldg) (Entered: 11/20/1992)

Nov. 19, 1992

Nov. 19, 1992

196

MINUTE ORDER of 12/8/92 by Hon. William T. Hart : Status hearing held. No notice (ldg) (Entered: 12/09/1992)

Dec. 8, 1992

Dec. 8, 1992

197

NOTICE OF FILING Third Monitoring Report by Jeanine Smith. (Exhibits) (tlm) (Entered: 03/18/1993)

March 17, 1993

March 17, 1993

198

FOURTH monitoring report by Jeanine Smith (Attachments); Notice of filing (ldg) Modified on 08/24/1993 (Entered: 08/24/1993)

Aug. 23, 1993

Aug. 23, 1993

199

NOTICE of filing by Jeanine Smith regarding corrections to pages 7,8,28,31 of the fourth monitoring report [198−1] (Attachments). (ldg) (Entered: 12/01/1993)

Nov. 26, 1993

Nov. 26, 1993

200

TRANSCRIPT of proceedings for the following date(s): 03/31/89 Before Honorable William T. Hart. (ldg) (Entered: 12/07/1993)

Dec. 6, 1993

Dec. 6, 1993

201

FIFTH MONITORING REPORT; Notice of filing (Attachments). (lal) (Entered: 03/16/1994)

March 15, 1994

March 15, 1994

202

JOINT MOTION by class plaintiffs Jacqueline Fields, James Norman and Paulette Patterson and defendant Jess McDonald for entry of agreed order regarding consent decree ; Notice of motion (fce) (Entered: 03/10/1995)

Feb. 27, 1995

Feb. 27, 1995

203

ORDER regarding motion for entry of agreed order regarding consent decree [202−1] (fce) (Entered: 03/10/1995)

Feb. 27, 1995

Feb. 27, 1995

204

MINUTE ORDER of 2/27/95 by Hon. William T. Hart : Granting class plaintiffs' and defendant Jesse McDonald's joint motion for entry of agreed order regarding consent decree [202−1] to 02/15/96. Agreed order entered. No notice (fce) (Entered: 03/10/1995)

Feb. 27, 1995

Feb. 27, 1995

205

MONITORING report by Jeanine Smith (Attachments); Notice of filing. (smm) (Entered: 05/25/1995)

May 24, 1995

May 24, 1995

206

TRANSCRIPT of proceedings for the following date(s): 5/30/90 Before Honorable William T. Hart (smm) (Entered: 07/06/1995)

July 5, 1995

July 5, 1995

207

TRANSCRIPT of proceedings − Motion for the following date(s): 2/27/95 Before Honorable William T. Hart (smm) (Entered: 08/24/1995)

Aug. 23, 1995

Aug. 23, 1995

208

MINUTE ORDER of 10/26/95 by Hon. William T. Hart : No separate monitoring report covering the period 01/01/95 through 06/30/95 is to be filed. A consolidated report covering the period 01/01/95 through 12/31/95 shall be filed after the completition of that time priod. Mailed notice (fce) (Entered: 10/30/1995)

Oct. 26, 1995

Oct. 26, 1995

209

MOTION by plaintiff for (1) continued monitoring , and/or (2) declaratory and injunctive relief redressing substantial non−compliance with the consent decree and the court order of 03/10/95 (Exhibits); Notice of motion. (mak) (Entered: 02/13/1996)

Feb. 12, 1996

Feb. 12, 1996

210

MINUTE ORDER of 2/12/96 by Hon. William T. Hart : Answer brief to plaintiffs' motion for (1) continued monitoring [209−1] and/or for (2) declaratory and injunctive relief redressing substantial non−compliance with the consent decree and the court order of 03/10/95 [209−2] due 02/26/96. Replies to answer briefs due 3/11/96. Ruling on pending motions set for 9:15 a.m. 4/11/96. Leave given defendants to file additional appearance of attorney Nancy S.

Feb. 12, 1996

Feb. 12, 1996

212

RULE 39 Affidavit of Nancy S. Eisenhauer (mak) (Entered: 02/13/1996)

Feb. 12, 1996

Feb. 12, 1996

213

MOTION by defendant for leave to file instanter memorandum in excess of fifteen pages ; Notice of motion. (mak) (Entered: 03/04/1996)

Feb. 28, 1996

Feb. 28, 1996

214

MEMORANDUM IN OPPOSITION by defendant to plaintiffs' motion for (1) continued monitoring [209−1] and/or (2) declaratory and injunctive relief redressing substantial non−compliance with the consent decree and the court order of 03/10/95 [209−2]; Notice of filing. (mak) (Entered: 03/04/1996)

Feb. 28, 1996

Feb. 28, 1996

215

APPENDIX OF EXHIBITS filed by defendant to defendant's memorandum in opposition [214−1] to plaintiffs' motion for continued monitoring and/or declaratory and injunctive relief (Exhibits). (mak) (Entered: 03/04/1996)

Feb. 28, 1996

Feb. 28, 1996

217

MINUTE ORDER of 2/28/96 by Hon. William T. Hart : Granting defendant's motion for leave to file instanter memorandum in excess of fifteen pages [213−1]. Plaintiff's reply may not exceed 20 pages. No notice (mak) (Entered: 03/04/1996)

Feb. 28, 1996

Feb. 28, 1996

216

AFFIDAVIT of Mary Sue Morsch regarding memorandum in opposition to plaintiffs' motion [214−1]. (mak) (Entered: 03/04/1996)

March 4, 1996

March 4, 1996

218

REPLY memorandum by plaintiffs in support of motion for (1) continued monitoring [209−1], and/or (2) declaratory and injunctive relief redressing substantial non−compliance with the consent decree and the court order of 03/10/95 [209−2] (Attachments); Notice of filing. (fce) (Entered: 03/15/1996)

March 11, 1996

March 11, 1996

219

TRANSCRIPT of proceedings for the following date(s): 02/12/96, 02/28/96 Before Honorable William T. Hart (Two volumes: 219−1 and 219−2). (fce) Modified on 03/18/1996 (Entered: 03/18/1996)

March 15, 1996

March 15, 1996

220

MEMORANDUM, OPINION, AND ORDER (fce) (Entered: 04/11/1996)

April 11, 1996

April 11, 1996

221

MINUTE ORDER of 4/11/96 by Hon. William T. Hart : Jess McDonald is substituted for Sue Suter. terminating party Sue Suter Motion for (1) continued monitoring [209−1] is granted in part and denied in part. Motion (2) declaratory and injunctive relief redressing substantial non−compliance with the consent decree and the court order of 03/10/95 [209−2] is denied without prejudice. Seventh report due 04/30/96. Eighth report covering 1996 shall be limited to 5(a) (Cook County), 5(b) (Cook County), 6(b), and 9(c) and Norman eligibility. For 1996, defendant shall comply with 15(a), (b) (Cook County), (d), and (i), 11, 15(e) and 15(f). The term of the monitor's appointment shall continue until the date beyond 12/31/96 permitted for preparing the eighth monitoring report and necessary to complete the additional procedures set forth in 16 of the consent order. No notice (fce) (Entered: 04/11/1996)

April 11, 1996

April 11, 1996

222

MINUTE ORDER of 4/22/96 by Hon. William T. Hart : The due date for the Seventh Monitoring Report is extended due 05/31/96. Mailed notice (ar) (Entered: 04/23/1996)

April 22, 1996

April 22, 1996

223

AFFIDAVIT of Laurene M. Heybach; Materials in support of motion for fees and costs (Attachments); Notice of filing (ar) (Entered: 05/16/1996)

May 15, 1996

May 15, 1996

225

AFFIDAVIT of Diane Redleaf (Attachments) (ar) (Entered: 05/16/1996)

May 15, 1996

May 15, 1996

226

AFFIDAVIT of Robert E. Lehrer (Attachments) (ar) (Entered: 05/16/1996)

May 15, 1996

May 15, 1996

227

AFFIDAVIT of Julie L. Biehl (Attachments) (ar) (Entered: 05/16/1996)

May 15, 1996

May 15, 1996

228

AFFIDAVIT of John M. Bouman (Attachments) (ar) (Entered: 05/16/1996)

May 15, 1996

May 15, 1996

229

MOTION by plaintiffs for attorneys' fees and costs and to set a schedule to submit supporting materials ; Notice of motion (ar) (Entered: 05/23/1996)

May 22, 1996

May 22, 1996

230

MOTION by plaintiffs for an award of attorneys' fees ; Notice of motion (ar) Modified on 05/23/1996 (Entered: 05/23/1996)

May 22, 1996

May 22, 1996

231

DECLARATION by Diane Redleaf regarding plaintiffs' motion for an award of attorneys' fees [230−1] (Exhibits) (Attachments) (ar) (Entered: 05/23/1996)

May 22, 1996

May 22, 1996

232

MINUTE ORDER of 5/22/96 by Hon. William T. Hart : Answer brief to plaintiffs' motion for attorneys' fees and costs [229−1] and to set a schedule to submit supporting materials [229−2] due 06/24/96. Reply to answer brief due 7/15/96. Ruling will be by mail. Telephoned notice (ar) (Entered: 05/23/1996)

May 22, 1996

May 22, 1996

233

SEVENTH monitoring report by Jeanine Smith (Attachments); Notice of filing (1 vol.) (ar) (Entered: 06/03/1996)

June 3, 1996

June 3, 1996

234

OBJECTIONS by plaintiffs to motion for extension or stay of briefing schedule on attorneys' fees; Notice of filing (ar) Modified on 06/27/1996 (Entered: 06/27/1996)

June 26, 1996

June 26, 1996

235

CORRECTED OBJECTION [234−1] by plaintiffs to motion for extension or stay of briefing schedule on attorneys' fees; Notice of filing (ar) (Entered: 06/27/1996)

June 26, 1996

June 26, 1996

236

MOTION by Jess McDonald to extend or to stay briefing schedule ; Notice of motion (ar) (Entered: 06/28/1996)

June 27, 1996

June 27, 1996

237

MINUTE ORDER of 6/27/96 by Hon. William T. Hart : Defendant's motion to extend [236−1] or stay briefing schedule [236−2] re plaintiffs' petitions for attorneys' fees an costs, is entered and continued to 07/16/96 at 9:30. No notice (ar) Modified on 06/28/1996 (Entered: 06/28/1996)

June 27, 1996

June 27, 1996

238

MINUTE ORDER of 7/16/96 by Hon. William T. Hart : Parties in open court report to the court that they have resolved plaintiffs pending motions for attorneys' fees and costs. Parties to present draft order. Plaintiffs' motions ifor attorneys' fees and costs [230−1] [229−1] and defendants' motion to extend [236−1] [236−2] are dismissed without prejudice as moot. The clerk of the court is directed to terminate all pending motions [229−2]. Mailed notice (fce) (Entered: 07/19/1996)

July 16, 1996

July 16, 1996

239

AGREED ORDER (ar) (Entered: 07/25/1996)

July 23, 1996

July 23, 1996

240

MINUTE ORDER of 7/23/96 by Hon. William T. Hart : Parties having reached a settlement of all issues on attorneys' fees and costs, agreed order is entered. Mailed notice (ar) (Entered: 07/25/1996)

July 23, 1996

July 23, 1996

241

MOTION by Laurene Heybach to withdraw as counsel for plaintiff class ; Notice of motion (ar) (Entered: 12/09/1996)

Dec. 2, 1996

Dec. 2, 1996

243

MINUTE ORDER of 12/5/96 by Hon. William T. Hart : Motion of Legal Assistance Foundation of Chicago attorney Laurene Heybach to withdraw as counsel for plaintiff class [241−1] and to resume her role as one of the counsel for the class on 02/01/97 for limited purposes as described in paragraph 2.(a) &(b) of attached draft order is granted. Order entered. No notice (ar) (Entered: 12/09/1996)

Dec. 5, 1996

Dec. 5, 1996

244

NOTICE by plaintiffs' counsel of change of address (Attachment) (ar) (Entered: 12/27/1996)

Dec. 20, 1996

Dec. 20, 1996

245

MOTION by Jess McDonald for substitution of counsel ; Notice of motion. (Temporarily unavailable for docketing.) (ar) (Entered: 03/24/1997)

March 18, 1997

March 18, 1997

246

MINUTE ORDER of 3/20/97 by Hon. William T. Hart : Defendant Jess McDonald's motion for substitution of counsel [245−1] is granted. Leave given attorney Ms. Tchen and all other attorneys from Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher &Flom (Illinois) to withdraw their appearances in this matter, and for attorneys Barbara L. Greenspan and Daniele J. Steimel, Assistant Attorneys General, to file their appearances on defendant's behalf. Terminating attorneys Nancy S. Eisenhauer, Kimberley K. Baer, Charles F. Smith Jr., Susan Getzendanner and Christina M. Tchen. Mailed notice (ar) Modified on 03/24/1997 (Entered: 03/24/1997)

March 20, 1997

March 20, 1997

247

NOTICE by Laurene M. Heybach, counsel for plaintiff class, of change of address; Notice of filing (ar) (Entered: 03/24/1997)

March 21, 1997

March 21, 1997

MAILED Rule 3.14 letter to Barbara L. Greenspan and Daniele J. Steimel together with together minute order dated 03/20/97 [246−1] (ar) (Entered: 03/24/1997)

March 24, 1997

March 24, 1997

248

ATTORNEY APPEARANCE for defendant Jess McDonald by Barbara L. Greenspan, Danielle Jenkins Steimel (kmt) (Entered: 04/03/1997)

April 1, 1997

April 1, 1997

249

EIGHTH monitoring report by Jeanine Smith, LCSW, (Attachments); Notice of filing (1 vol.) (ar) Modified on 05/08/1997 (Entered: 05/08/1997)

May 7, 1997

May 7, 1997

Case Details

State / Territory: Illinois

Case Type(s):

Public Benefits/Government Services

Special Collection(s):

Multi-LexSum (in sample)

Key Dates

Filing Date: March 1, 1989

Closing Date: 1997

Case Ongoing: No reason to think so

Plaintiffs

Plaintiff Description:

class of parents and legal guardians who have lost, are at risk of losing, will lose, or cannot regain custody of their children because they are homeless or unable to provide food or shelter for their children.

Plaintiff Type(s):

Private Plaintiff

Attorney Organizations:

Legal Services/Legal Aid

Public Interest Lawyer: Yes

Filed Pro Se: No

Class Action Sought: Yes

Class Action Outcome: Granted

Defendants

Illinois Department of Children and Family Services, State

Case Details

Causes of Action:

42 U.S.C. § 1983

Constitutional Clause(s):

Due Process

Availably Documents:

Trial Court Docket

Complaint (any)

Injunctive (or Injunctive-like) Relief

Any published opinion

Outcome

Prevailing Party: Plaintiff

Nature of Relief:

Injunction / Injunctive-like Settlement

Source of Relief:

Settlement

Form of Settlement:

Court Approved Settlement or Consent Decree

Content of Injunction:

Monitor/Master

Monitoring

Recordkeeping

Reporting

Preliminary relief granted

Issues

General:

Family reunification

Housing assistance

Pattern or Practice

Poverty/homelessness

Immigration/Border:

Family Separation