dangerous, crumbling viaducts under Lake Shore Drive — was held before Judge Sidney I. Schenkier in federal court.
After lengthy testimony and oral arguments during Thursday morning and afternoon court sessions, Judge Schenkier announced his decision Friday afternoon.
He denied the motion, clearing the way for the repairs to get underway.
Restoration work to make the viaducts safe for everyone passing beneath Wilson and Lawrence is scheduled to begin Monday, September 18th. The people who have been occupying the sidewalks beneath the dangerous, crumbling viaducts were given 30 days' notice to leave on or before that date.
The motion opposed the removal of people under the dangerous, crumbling viaducts on Constitutional grounds, saying that it was a violation of First Amendment rights (that the presence of a tent city in a visible spot was "freedom of speech") and Eighth Amendment rights (removing them was "cruel and unusual punishment").
Further Affiant Sayeth Not.
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