* A few years ago, Bruce Rauner’s running mate Evelyn Sanguinetti slipped and fell at the College Avenue Train Station in Wheaton.
According to Jon Zahm, Sanguinetti then sued Wheaton (her home town), DuPage County, METRA, the Union Pacific Railroad, the Illinois Prairie Path Corporation, and the DuPage County Dept. of Transportation.
* According to a copy of Sanguinetti’s suit that Zahm forwarded me, Sanguinetti demanded at least $50,000 each from Wheaton and Metra and unspecified damages from the others.
Zahm is a major Rauner hater, but he’s had some interesting posts on his Rauner-hating blog, including some deets on the Sanguinetti lawsuit…
These are mostly taxpayer funded entities. When they are sued, the cost of government services rise to pay off the settlements and costs of litigation, and to cover the costs of increased insurance premiums. So what did these entities do to Evelyn to receive the wrath of her six count lawsuit?
Let me use exact words from her suit filed on her behalf by Chicago lawyer Ronald Stearney, Jr.:
“Allowed and permitted said sidewalk where pedestrians walked and frequently and necessarily used to enter and exit the College Avenue Train Station to remain, when said Defendant knew or should have known that said sidewalk caused an unnatural accumulation of water, snow, ice or other dangerous substances, which in turn posed a dangerous condition, especially to the Plaintiff Evelyn R. Sanguinetti.”
The suit goes on to say, 8 other ways, very similar things about the sidewalk on the way to that train station. Got to love legalese.
Unbelievable. You fall on a sidewalk while walking to the train and blame the government and penalize the taxpayers where you live and work.
And ask for at least a hundred large.
Zahm says he believes the suit was settled.
*** UPDATE *** From the Rauner campaign…
Evelyn was not after a “big payday.” The case was settled and Evelyn gave the net proceeds to Operation Support Our Troops. She was subsequently elected to an at-large position on Wheaton City Council.
She sued two entities for at least 50 large each. In my book, that’s a big payday. And whatever she did with the proceeds makes no difference. If she didn’t need the money, why get all those lawyers involved?