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Judge rules Illinois pension law unconstitutional
November 22, 2014
An Illinois judge on Friday ruled a law intended to fix the pension crisis in the state violates the Illinois constitution. Sangamon Country Circuit Judge John Belz ruled in favor of state employees and retirees who sued to block the law. Last December state lawmakers passed the bill, which amended....... [more]

Illinois voters approve anti-discrimination voting amendment
November 5, 2014
Illinois voters on Tuesday approved the Illinois Right to Vote Amendment, which bans all voter discrimination on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, religion, gender, sexual orientation or income. This provision will amend the Suffrage and Election Article of the Illinois Constitution. The amendm....... [more]

Illinois governor signs bill expanding medical marijuana for seizures
July 21, 2014
Illinois Governor Pat Quinn signed legislation Sunday that will allow adults and children suffering from seizures access to medical marijuana. The bill amends the Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Act to allow children, with parental consent, to access medical marijuana for the same range of co....... [more]

Florida judge strikes down same-sex marriage ban
July 18, 2014
A judge in Florida's Monroe County ruled Thursday that the state's same-sex marriage ban is unconstitutional. Circuit Judge Luis Garcia ruled in favor of same-sex couples who had challenged the voter-approved ban after they were denied a marriage license by the Monroe County clerk. In his ruling, Ga....... [more]

Circuit Split on Concealed Carry Permit Requirements
July 17, 2014
District of Columbia v. Heller and McDonald v. Chicago made clear that the Second Amendment protects the right to keep and bear firearms in the home for self-defense, but left unanswered whether it protects other conduct. Writing for the majority in Heller, Scalia emphasized that Heller marked the S....... [more]

Concealed and Open Carry under the Second Amendment
July 17, 2014
06/26/2014: Federal judge upheld Colorado gun control laws 04/23/2014: Georgia governor signed bill expanding gun carry rights 03/31/2014: Federal judge ruled immigrants have same gun carrying rights as citizens 03/25/2014: Ninth Circuit upheld San Francisco gun control laws 02/13/2014: Nin....... [more]

Federal appeals court dismisses five-state Asian carp lawsuit
July 16, 2014
The US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit ruled Monday against a coalition of five Great Lakes States seeking to compel the Army Corps of Engineers and the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago (District) to take action to prevent Asian carp from entering Lake Michigan thr....... [more]

Chicago ordered to reimburse NRA for legal fees
July 9, 2014
The US District Court in the Northern District of Illinois on Monday ordered the City of Chicago to reimburse the National Rifle Association (NRA) for the $940,000 spent on legal fees challenging gun ordinances. Chicago's ban on the sale and transfer of firearms was overturned in January after the N....... [more]

Timing is Everything: Martinez v. Illinois (Re)Specifies When Jeopardy Attaches
June 19, 2014
JURIST Guest Columnist Griffen Thorne, Loyola University Chicago School of Law, Class of 2015, discusses the intricacies of double jeopardy and the point at which jeopardy is thought to first occur... Double jeopardy is among the most complex doctrines of constitutional criminal procedure and among....... [more]

Federal appeals court renews Apple patent claims against Motorola Mobility
April 26, 2014
The US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit on Friday renewd claims by Apple against Google subsidiary Google's Motorola Mobility for infringing smartphone patents. Judge Richard Posner, sitting in the US District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, dismissed both company's patent clai....... [more]

The Best Argument for Same-Sex Marriage Isn't Love?It's Taxes
April 14, 2014
JURIST Guest Columnist Sara Benson of the University of Illinois College of Law discusses how the best argument for same-sex marriage is that same-sex partners should be treated equally under the law ... As you likely have heard, the US Supreme Court issued an opinion striking down part of the feder....... [more]




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