Rantoul hires law firm in insurance dispute

Rantoul hires law firm in insurance dispute

RANTOUL — The village board has hired a Chicago law firm to represent the village in a dispute over insurance coverage for a lawsuit filed by man who was released from prison last year after being wrongly imprisoned for the death of a Rantoul girl more than 30 years ago.

Neal Gerber Eisenberg, Chicago, was hired to represent the village.

The village contends that its insurance carrier, Illinois Municipal League Risk Management Association, should be liable to cover damages in the event of a ruling against the village. IMLRMA says it should not be held liable.

Andre Davis was convicted of murdering a 3-year-old Rantoul girl in 1980 and sent to prison. He was freed last year after DNA evidence indicated another man committed the crime.

In addition to the village of Rantoul, Davis' lawsuit names Provena Covenant Medical Center, Presence Covenant Medical Center, Dr. Jose Raquel as well as four law officers — former Rantoul Police Chief Eldon Quick, former Rantoul police Officers Larry Zonfrilli and Montgomery Portis, and former Illinois State Police detective Michael Robb. It does not specify monetary damages sought.

The Chicago law firm has agreed to provide the village a review and analysis of the legal issues and an opinion as to outcome, with an outline of options, for a cap not to exceed $15,000.