Lawsuit seeks halt to planned strike of University of Illinois Hospital nurses

The University of Illinois Board of Trustees filed a lawsuit seeking to stop nurses at the University of Illinois Hospital from going on strike this weekend, claiming a work stoppage would pose a danger to the public. Earlier this month, nurses at the hospital announced they will begin a seven-day strike at 7 a.m. Saturday after contract negotiations broke down between nurses and the hospital over the number of patients under the care of each nurse. The lawsuit filed Tuesday in Cook County Circuit Court names the Illinois Nurses Association, which represents the nurses, as defendants, and seeks a temporary restraining order against the proposed work stoppage.