Illinois officials sue Chicago officials over police department’s use-of-force policies and practices. The parties start to negotiate a consent decree, which the local chapter of the Fraternal Order of Police condemns: It’s a “potential catastrophe” that could threaten the chapter’s collective bargaining agreement. Over the next year, state representatives meet with the chapter, assure it the decree won’t conflict with the CBA. Surprise! That might not be true. Can the chapter now become a party to the lawsuit? Seventh Circuit: Nope. Shouldn’t have waited so long to try to intervene.