Chicago State pays $650,000 to settle 1st Amendment fight

Posted on January 11, 2019 8:46 pm

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It has cost Chicago State University $650,000 to settle a First Amendment lawsuit against officials who threatened a faculty blog that was critical of the school administration.

The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education said the lawsuit was part of its “Stand Up For Speech Litigation Project” launched several years ago.

The lawsuit was one of four filed on the opening day of the project. It’s now the 13th case settled through the organization’s efforts.

The settlement came in the case filed by Chicago State professors Phillip Beverly and Robert Bionaz when the school threatened them with legal action if they didn’t close