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Judge: Former Chicago Mayor Daley won't have to testify in Millennium Park restaurant lawsuit

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CHICAGO — Former Mayor Richard Daley won't have to testify in Chicago's lawsuit seeking to break the agreement for a Millennium Park restaurant.

Attorneys for Park Grill withdrew a subpoena. Their move was announced Wednesday as Cook County Circuit Court Judge Moshe Jacobius held a private hearing to discuss Daley's medical condition. Daley's attorneys said he shouldn't have to testify because of the unspecified medical condition.

Jocobius ruled Daley attorneys could privately present "medical hardship" evidence. Daley suffered stroke-like symptoms earlier this year.

In seeking to void a 30-year contract to operate Park Grill, Mayor Rahm Emanuel's administration alleges a former Chicago Park District official "unfairly influenced" the process leading to a friend operating the restaurant.

Daley is a witness for Park Grill's operators, who maintain city officials were involved in planning.

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