CHICAGO - A federal judge has approved a $99,000 settlement for people who have been arrested or ticketed for panhandling in Chicago.

The city also must pay $375,000 to cover attorneys' fees and the cost of distributing the money, said plaintiffs' lawyer Mark Weinberg, who filed suit over the matter in 2001.

Judge Nan R. Nolan approved the settlement Friday. Under its terms, those arrested for panhandling in the past four years can file a claim of $400, while those ticketed can receive $50

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