CHICAGO, Dec. 18 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — A class action lawsuit will be filed tomorrow against the City of Chicago, Mayor Richard Daley, and various police officers.

Chicago police officers have been arresting and ticketing thousands of innocent civilians for violating the cell phone ban (which prohibits using a cell phone while driving) to the tune of millions of dollars accrued to City coffers, under a law that has never been properly enacted.

The law (625 ILCS 5/11207) requires the City to put up signs to inform drivers that they may not speak on their cell phone while they are driving. There are no signs. The City has certified that it has failed to put up signs. Therefore, every single arrest in this regard has been illegal. All money received by the City through tickets that its officers have issued has been illegally secured.

“The City is simply trying to earn more money given the absence of a balanced budget,” says police misconduct attorney, Blake Horwitz. Blake Horwitz, who has sued the City more then 100 times for police misconduct violations, points out that since the cell phone ban was passed almost two years ago the city has collected millions of dollars.

Drivers cited for violating the ban are fined $75, or up to $200 if the driver is involved in an accident. As of September 2007, over 25,000 citations had been issued citing violations of the Ordinance, representing an influx of revenue to the city of nearly two million dollars.

The suit will be filed by the Law Offices of Blake Horwitz, a civil rights firm specializing in police misconduct. Blake Horwitz has had many successes in the field of civil rights, including a $28,000,000.00 verdict against the City of Chicago, the largest police misconduct verdict in the Midwest.

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