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Warren, Mich., mayor sued by whistleblower, settlement talks reported

WARREN, Mich. – A former city administrator has been participating in settlement talks with Warren Mayor James Fouts and other city officials in an effort to resolve whistleblower claims alleging the mayor and city retaliated against him for secretly recording potentially incriminating telephone conversations. James Hartley, a former mayoral appointee who worked as government efficiency analyst for Warren, Michigan’s third-largest city, filed his lawsuit against the city and Mayor Fouts in U.S. District Court in July. Mr. Hartley accuses the defendants of retaliating against him in violation of Michigan’s Whistleblower Protection Act, which provides protections to potential whistleblowers who would ... Read More

Massive salmonella outbreak linked to 47 Illinois Subway restaurants

Public health officials investigating the outbreak of an uncommon strain of salmonella that swept through Illinois from May to June announced they have linked the bacteria to 47 Subway franchise stores in the state. Illinois Department of Health officials say they have confirmed 97 cases of Salmonella Hvittingfoss infection across 28 Illinois counties. Health officials say the salmonella outbreak began on May 11, with the last reported case occurring on June 5. The ages of people with confirmed cases of the unusual bacteria ranged to 2 to 79. No deaths have been confirmed. Salmonella is usually a debilitating sickness that ... Read More