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updated: 7/3/2014 6:02 AM

Daley seeks to avoid testifying in restaurant case

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Former Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley is seeking to avoid testifying during the trial of the city's lawsuit seeking to break the long-term agreement for a restaurant in Millennium Park.

Crain's Chicago Business reports attorneys for Daley say in a motion filed in Cook County Circuit Court his appearance at trial would present a "medical hardship."

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Earlier this year Daley suffered symptoms similar to a stroke during business trip and spent several days in the hospital.

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

Daley's testimony was expected to be a highlight of the trial, which began in April.

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