Monday, March 3, 2014

For those of us in the rest of the country, Chicago has always set a certain standard when it comes to conflicts of interest, and why should health care there be any different?  You've been reading about such concerns at the University of Illinois.  Now, check out this recent story by Kristen Schorsch and Andrew Wang at Crain's Chicago Business.  Does this meet the smell test in your view?  An excerpt:

For at least 15 years, Cook County Circuit Court Judge Lynn Egan has sat on the boards governing a south suburban hospital while it regularly has hired her brother's law firm. 

Chicago-based Pretzel & Stouffer has represented Palos Community Hospital in almost half of the 170 cases involving the hospital filed over that period in the law division of the circuit court, according to a Crain's review of court records. From 2011 to 2013, Matthew Egan, a partner in the firm, represented Palos in at least 15 cases before his sister's judicial colleagues, most of them involving medical malpractice or personal injury.


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