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Bloomington restaurant that got $25,000 in state aid hit with four COVID-related public health violations last weekend, now represented by DeVore

Friday, Sep 11, 2020

* April 14th

Six McLean County restaurants and hotels are among more than 700 restaurants, bars and hotels in Illinois receiving a portion of a $14 million emergency grant. […]

Local recipients, which the state listed by legal name, include … Ralben Inc. (Cadillac Jack’s), Bloomington, $25,000

* September 9th

A Bloomington bar was cited for multiple violations for noncompliance with COVID-19 restrictions over the holiday weekend and faces a Bloomington Liquor Commission hearing on Thursday. […]

“A single establishment continued operating in violation of state and local guidelines after multiple warnings from the McLean County Health Department and police,” officials said in the statement. “Cadillac Jacks, located at 1507 S. Main St. in Bloomington, was observed to be noncompliant with mandated IDPH Emergency Rules or Illinois bar safety guidelines on four separate occasions Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The establishment was issued multiple required noncompliance notices over the weekend and, on Sunday, an order to disperse crowds was issued in accordance with the IDPH emergency rules.”

* September 10th

An attorney who has sued Gov. J.B. Pritzker over COVID-19 policies is now representing a Bloomington bar-restaurant cited for not enforcing mask rules.

​Tom DeVore is working on the case of Cadillac Jacks, at 1507 S. Main St. in Bloomington. DeVore has been in several lawsuits against the Pritzker administration over its use of executive authority to respond to COVID-19. He also is representing Fox Run, a Springfield restaurant that filed a lawsuit against the city of Springfield over policies, with other cases are in Bond, Clinton, Richland and Edgar counties. […]

Cadillac Jacks was issued four noncompliance notices over the weekend, including an order to disperse crowds on Sunday. A special meeting of the Bloomington Liquor Commission to discuss possible fines and punishments was scheduled for Thursday afternoon, but Mayor Tari Renner, who also serves as the city’s liquor commissioner, said no action would be taken after calling the meeting to order. […]

“Mr. DeVore requested on behalf of the licensee, that we have a short continuance in order that he might look at the complaints and citations that have been filed, discuss it with his client, and advise him accordingly,” [assistant city attorney George Boyle] said.

* It’s not mentioned in the story, but Devore lost the first round of that Fox Run case while I was on break

Fox Run Restaurant & Lounge, 1130 Legacy Pointe Drive, was dealt a setback earlier this week in its case against the city of Springfield.

Sangamon County Circuit Court Judge Raylene Grischow on Wednesday denied the restaurant’s request for a temporary restraining order seeking to halt the emergency declaration and all subsequent orders Mayor Jim Langfelder has signed under that authority.

So, maybe Bloomington shouldn’t be too afraid.

- Posted by Rich Miller        

12 Comments »
  1. - Nearly Normal - Friday, Sep 11, 20 @ 1:16 pm:

    It was a matter of time that Devore would make his way to the Twin Cities.

    105 new cases reported in the county today. I am praying that this is not tip of a surge of new cases from Labor Day gatherings.2,802 cases now with 1,372 cases from ISU since school started this year.


  2. - Medvale School for the Gifted - Friday, Sep 11, 20 @ 1:17 pm:

    Devore has a Kevorkian-like aura.


  3. - Oswego Willy - Friday, Sep 11, 20 @ 1:21 pm:

    DeVore is there to collect his check… and lose gracefully.

    When the checks stop, that is when these silly cases stop.

    It’s not like these places are denying they broke the rules, they are arguing they don’t like the rules.

    They are paying DeVore to argue like a child.

    Stop paying the child.


  4. - Jocko - Friday, Sep 11, 20 @ 1:45 pm:

    ==was dealt a setback==

    I have never seen the word “lost” said so diplomatically.


  5. - JS Mill - Friday, Sep 11, 20 @ 2:01 pm:

    =DeVore is there to collect his check… and lose gracefully.=

    Priceless. He should put that on his business card and masthead.

    Giving all credit to OW for sure.


  6. - SAP - Friday, Sep 11, 20 @ 2:09 pm:

    I don’t suppose there is a clawback on that State grant?


  7. - Oswego Willy - Friday, Sep 11, 20 @ 2:17 pm:

    - JS Mill -

    Thanks.

    The font and color of the letters will really add to it, I hope.


  8. - L.A. - Friday, Sep 11, 20 @ 2:36 pm:

    Besides the travesty that was Clay County, Devore has not won in any other court in this state. Why people continue to shovel money his way is beyond me. Congrats, you’re a horrible attorney, here’s some more money.


  9. - Skeptic - Friday, Sep 11, 20 @ 2:58 pm:

    “Why people continue to shovel money his way is beyond me.” People still pay money to see the Bears play. Just sayin’.


  10. - pool boy - Friday, Sep 11, 20 @ 3:47 pm:

    Here’s a start to your list, Cadillac Jacks and Fox Run.


  11. - Don't Bloc Me In - Friday, Sep 11, 20 @ 3:48 pm:

    Sometimes the lawyer chases the ambulances, sometimes the ambulances follow the lawyer.

    See: counties on the warning list, or that have been on the list


  12. - zatoichi - Friday, Sep 11, 20 @ 4:11 pm:

    The new CDC study showing many community outbreaks are being traced back to restaurants and bars. That should help Devore’s cases.

    https://www.webmd.com/lung/news/20200812/many-community-outbreaks-of-covid-traced-to-restaurants-bars#1


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