City of Northlake Sued …Again!

Seems that the City of Northlake is being sued again. How is it that this city keeps getting sued? Chief Dennis Koletsos and the Northlake Police Department have been sued how many times?? Unreal.

Bar owner sues city, officials

August 13, 2008

By MARK LAWTON [email protected]
A Northlake bar owner and his father are suing the City of Northlake, the mayor, police chief and city attorney.

David Catalano, owner of 144 East, and his father, Robert Catalano, who has invested in the business, filed three lawsuits in Cook County Circuit Court July 18.

The owners of the 144 East have filed three lawsuits against the mayor of Northlake and other officials claiming the city is trying to put them out of business.

According to court documents, the Catalanos allege a “civil conspiracy,” claiming that Mayor Jeff Sherwin has engaged in acts aimed at destroying the business and helping “his friend, who owns and operates a similar business down the street from the plaintiff named Alexandra’s.”

In two of the suits, the Catalanos — who are representing themselves — further claim that Police Chief Dennis Koletsos ordered a police officer to “harass” the Catalanos and specifically ordered an officer to issue tickets with the aim of getting “the plaintiff’s driver’s license suspended.”

City attorney Mark Sterk is also named in the suit as conspiring with the others being sued.

In the same suit, the Catalanos claim that Sherwin “ordered the aldermen under him to vote against the plaintiff to receive a extended liquor license” which would allow the bar to serve alcohol until 2 a.m. on weekdays and 3 a.m. on weekends.

The Catalanos claim the act was discriminatory, as on Nov. 19, 2007, the City Council approved a late-night liquor license for Alejandra’s.

A third suit is against Sherwin, a company named Heidner Properties and its subcontractor. The suit claims that Sherwin allowed Heidner and its subcontractor to repave the parking to the east.

The parking lot, the Catalanos charge, is three inches higher than the parking lot at 144 East, located at 144 East North Avenue. The lower grade prevents the water from flowing to the sewer system and instead floods the parking lot at 144 East after rain, they said.

In court documents, the Catalanos said they’ve spent just under $500,000 to rehabilitate the building, which formerly held a Brown’s Chicken and later Doug’s Dugout. They are suing for $500,000 for “suffering” and another $76,650 for the parking lot.

Police Chief Koletsos said he doesn’t comment on pending litigation.

Mayor Jeff Sherwin said the Catalanos’ claims “are baseless and without merit.”

Mark Sterk said Robert Catalano’s “problems are all problems of his own making. The city did nothing to interfere with his business operation.”

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    • Anonymous
    • August 14, 2008

    That guy is a fucking sick fuck, you should be on the side of the city on this one.

    • Viva
    • August 14, 2008

    I have not taken sides on this, only stated the news. But thanks for the comment!

    • Anonymous
    • August 14, 2008

    KB should be on the side of the city.
    Are you a fucking sick fuck?
    Fucking sick fucks have a right to the law.
    The more people that know about this the more the truth will come out.
    If it’s true what this cop did you will be out of a job and the FBI will be at your locker waiting.
    No one will save you.

    • Anonymous
    • August 15, 2008

    The sign was posted at one point defaming a police officer. FYI

    • Anonymous
    • August 15, 2008

    Military deaths U.S in Iraq
    4143 we must never forget.


    • Anonymous
    • August 16, 2008

    The sick fuck is Koletsos.
    The fuck head is the mayor.


    • Anonymous
    • August 16, 2008

    AP Sep 4, 2007

    Fraternal order of Police vote against Miami police chief
    The problem with the department is uneven discipline for officers.

    Just like Northlake

    • Anonymous
    • August 16, 2008

    Mayor is a broken record.
    Everything is baseless and without merit.
    FBI needs to go in and see how baseless and without merit his leadership has become.

    Lovie sucks

    • Anonymous
    • August 17, 2008

    HBO Dallas Cowboys
    coach Wade Phillips
    ” If you make a mistake it’s my fault, as long as you make an effort on the field”.
    Koletsos If you make a mistake it is black dots for a life time.
    Tank Johnson Packman

    • Anonymous
    • August 17, 2008

    Chief Koletsos
    Hurry up and get all new officers so it is easy for you not the citizens of Northlake.
    Police Chief Magazine
    Cynicism and disillusionment develop for many officers at the five to seven year tenure.
    Rule with rookies tough guy.

    • Rookie
    • August 18, 2008

    I’m a rookie, and am offended that you people (the “veterans”) keep on putting us in the middle of you quarrels with the chief. What do you think we are some idiots that can’t tell right from wrong? I’d like to think that we got hired because we passed all the tests in a competitive way and not because the chief has a “grand master plan” by using us to get back at you? Let us enjoy our work as police officers, even if we are rookies. Let us make our own opinions instead of talking crap to us about the department, the chief and YOUR fellow officers, from day one on the ride-alongs. We can see right through that and is obvious that you want us to be part of your “click” and become as disgruntled as you. THANKS, BUT NO THANKS!

    • Anonymous
    • August 18, 2008

    Rookie talk to me in 10 years thanks but no thanks.

    • Anonymous
    • August 19, 2008


    You just fucked up. Did you even think about what you wrote? You sold out your officers, not smart. Wish you luck, your gonna need it, after Hitler rips into each officer that ever trained you. I give you until your contract runs out and you should be looking for a new job. Unless of course you kiss so much ass, but that doesn’t guarantee a job. Man your an idiot. They gave you a gun? This town just hires anybody now don’t they? Wait, they are always hiring, of course. What a fucking idiot!

    • Anonymous
    • August 19, 2008

    Rookie speaks the truth it sounds like someone can’t take it.

    • Anonymous
    • August 22, 2008

    time will tell my friend…let’s talk in five years.

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