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Village of Oak Brook wins Sky Bar, Sheahan, Craig lawsuit

Published: Tuesday, June 18, 2013 3:52 p.m. CDT

OAK BROOK – Judge John J. Tharp Jr. of the U.S. District Court has granted the Village of Oak Brook's motion for summary judgment in the Lucky Fella LLC d/b/a Sky Bar, Sheahan, Craig lawsuit against the village.

The Sky Bar is a tavern that formerly operated in the village, while Tom Sheahan is the former police chief and John Craig is the former village president.

The plaintiffs sued the village as well as a number of its current and former elected and appointed officials, according to a news release. The wide-ranging complaint included allegations of defamation, loss of reputation, conspiracy to prevent Sheahan from discharging his duties and Sky Bar's claim that it was denied due process in the revocation of its liquor license.

By this action, the court has effectively dismissed this federal case. In the order, the federal judge declined to accept jurisdiction of Craig's defamation claim based on Illinois law.

The case was defended by the law firm DeAno and Scarry, LLC and paid for by the village's insurance carrier, the Intergovernmental Risk Management Association.

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