* Daily Herald…
Nick Sauer, the former state legislator facing criminal charges alleging he posted lewd images of two former girlfriends online without their consent, is being sued by one of those women.
Attorneys for Melissa Sue Kreithen, who dated Sauer in 2016, said in a statement Wednesday that the ex-lawmaker’s actions were humiliating, degrading and emotionally and mentally damaging to their client.
“She looks forward to her day in court so that Nick Sauer may be prosecuted civilly for the damages he has caused her,” the statement from the Chicago law firm Levin, Riback, Adelman & Flangel reads.
Daniel M. Locallo, who is leading the legal team representing Sauer in the criminal case, did not return a call for comment Wednesday.
* Meanwhile, from the Cook County Record…
Chicago’s newest federal judge has been tasked with handling one of Chicago’s most politically explosive legal actions, brought by [Alaina Hampton] claiming Illinois Democrats, led by House Speaker Michael J. Madigan, blackballed her after she complained a Madigan operative sexually harassed her.
On Sept. 16, Judge Rebecca Pallmeyer, chief judge of the Chicago-based U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, announced the lawsuit brought against Madigan and the Illinois Democratic Party, among others, had been among more than 340 other cases transferred to new U.S. District Judge Steven Seeger. […]
According to a release from the Northern District announcing his installment as judge, Seeger earned his bachelor’s degree from Wheaton College and his law degree from the University of Michigan. After law school, Seeger clerked for Judge David B. Sentelle, a Reagan appointee, in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, before Sentelle was succeeded as that circuit’s chief judge in 2013 by Judge Merrick Garland. […]
* Speaking of which…
Alaina Hampton says she is finally starting to heal emotionally, but she still wishes she could afford therapy. And she’s struggling to find work. […]
Hampton grew up downstate near Springfield and moved to Chicago for her first job. A child in a family of lifelong Republicans, Hampton started her career as a staffer for the Democratic Party of Illinois.
Soon, the then-23-year-old campaign staffer began working on underserved, low-income communities. She said she hoped by working to get good people elected she would be able to help improve the circumstances of those communities.
“I’m a political consultant,” she said. “But ever since all of my story became public, it has been obviously very difficult to get work. I spent a lot of time last year traveling and taking care of my mental and emotional health. And now, with campaign season starting, I might do a little bit of political work again, but I also bartend.”