September 7, 2007
VERNON HUDSON, )
v. ) Appeal from the
) Circuit Court of
THE CITY OF CHICAGO, a Municipal ) Cook County, Illinois.
) No. 01 L 6424
Defendant-Appellant and )
Third-Party Plaintiff-Appellant, ) Honorable
) Irwin J. Solganick
(James Scott, ) Judge Presiding.
Third-Party Defendant-Appellee). )
JUSTICE JOSEPH GORDON delivered the opinion of the court:
Plaintiff, Vernon Hudson, brought suit against defendant, the city of Chicago (the City),
and a Chicago police officer, Sung Joo Lee, alleging in two counts that Officer Lee, through
negligence and willful and wanton conduct, caused an automobile collision that left Hudson with
serious and permanent injuries including paraplegia. Hudson voluntarily dismissed Officer Lee
prior to trial and the case proceeded with the City as the sole defendant. The jury found for
Hudson on both counts and awarded damages of over $17.5 million. In addition to the general
verdict, the jury answered two special interrogatories. The City now appeals, arguing that it was
entitled to judgment not withstanding the verdict because it was immune under the Local
Governmental and Governmental Employees Tort Immunity Act (745 ILCS 10/1-101 et seq.