A Cook County judge has handed a stinging rebuke to John Coli, a major union backer of Mayor Rahm Emanuel, ordering him and a Teamsters local that represents more than 12,000 government employees to pay more than $2.3 million to resolve a lawsuit over a broken lease for offices in Des Plaines.

Judge Raymond W. Mitchell ruled in favor of the Des Plaines building’s owners, who had sued Coli and Teamsters Local 700. The union represents city of Chicago, Cook County, state and suburban workers.

In 2010, barely a year into a 15-year, rent-to-own deal for the building in Des Plaines, the union’s leaders broke the lease and moved Local 700 to an office building in Park Ridge that another Teamsters organization headed by Coli had just bought.

The lease in Des Plaines had been signed by officials of Teamsters Local 726, which at the time represented union members on Chicago’s city payroll. But the Teamsters international in Washington, D.C., subsequently dissolved Local 726, and its members moved to the new Local 700.
Judge blasts Emanuel ally John Coli, Teamsters, orders $2.3 million payment | Chicago