Monday, January 03, 2005

Chicago Tribune moves closer to unsealing Pritzker records

An Illinois appeals court last week ruled that a Cook County circuit judge abused his discretion when he sealed all records of a case involving the Pritzker family's plan to break up its $15 billion business empire, the Chicago Tribune reports. The ruling is a victory for the Tribune in its legal efforts to open the records. Finding little confidential material in the court records, the First District Appellate Court directed a new judge to review the records and determine if any documents should remain sealed. The Pritzkers are heirs to a fortune that includes the Hyatt Hotel chain, casinos, the TransUnion credit-checking company and the Marmon Group, a global association of manufacturing and service companies.

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