By LORRAINE SWANSON, Lake Effect News
Subpoenas targeting Uptown bloggers and anonymous commentators continue to linger even after a resident group’s lawsuit to block the embattled Wilson Yard development was dismissed by a judge in May.
Attorneys representing the six venture companies of the project’s sole developer, Holsten Real Estate Development, subpoenaed Google in January, asking for account holders’ information for two neighborhood blogs, Uptown Update and the defunct What the Helen.
The subpoenas were in response to a lawsuit filed last December by the Uptown community group Fix Wilson Yard against the developer and city. The residents’ lawsuit charged that significant abuses took place in the planning and funding of the Wilson Yard TIF District and corresponded Wilson Yard development. The lawsuit was tossed May 19 by Cook County Judge Mary Katherine Rochford, on the grounds that residents waited too long to file it.