- Man pleads guilty but mentally ill in 2013 murder
- Telephone, computer network outages at 22 Rockford schools
- Byron native selected as Sailor of the Year for Navy Band Southwest
- Illinois Tollway awards $337 million in contracts, sets budget
- 44 earn bachelor’s degrees at Saint Anthony College of Nursing
- Goodwill opens Donation Express site on Perryville
- Rock Valley College to manage TechWorks program
- University of Illinois at Chicago names chancellor
- Salvation Army to distribute food, toys to nearly 2,000 families
- American Manufacturing Competitiveness Act signed into law
County lawsuits need prevention, not settlements
After reading the article by Mr. Haas in the Rockford Register Star paper, I was left with a thought to share. As a former pro se (plaintiff representing himself without a lawyer), and now a plaintiff in a constitutional “free speech” lawsuit against Winnebago County, I believe I have a unique perspective on the issues addressed in this article.
First of all, just filing the lawsuit does not result in trial or settlement. There is a long (years) process and numerous occasions for the court to throw out cases long before this stage. My motto would perhaps serve the county and its officials well, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.”
Perhaps instead of worrying about deterring lawsuits by wasting state’s attorneys’ time (in years of discovery, and weeks of trial) the county officials should look into the CAUSES of these lawsuits and consider their actions or policies.
Most citizens do not relish the idea of state or federal lawsuits OR the time, stress and cost involved. A lawsuit is usually a last resort.
Again, I believe the county should look into prevention of the lawsuits, and admit that their actions or policies need changing. That’s an opinion from one citizen who has battled for over two years in federal court and will be heading for a trial soon. Readers of this letter are welcome to their opinions.
From the Sept. 11-17, 2013, issue