Central Austin Neighborhood Association v. City of Chicago

Illinois Appellate Court
Civil Court
Citation
Case Number: 
2013 IL App (1st) 123041
Decision Date: 
November 13, 2013
District: 
1st Dist.
Division/County: 
Cook Co., 3d Div.
Justice: 
NEVILLE
Holding: 
Reversed and remanded.
Two organizations sued City of Chicago, alleging violation of Illinois Civil Rights Act, alleging that on average, persons in neighborhoods populated mostly by African-Americans and Hispanics wait longer than persons in mostly white neighborhoods for police to arrive in response to 911 call. The Act provides sufficient standards for court to apply to determine whether City's policies justify any disparate impact in response times to 911 calls. Courts have the competence needed to decide issues of such impact and justification for that impact, and have power to order appropriate relief for unjusitied disparate impact. Complaint does not present a nonjusticiable political question. (PUCINSKI and MASON, concurring.)