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What's Wrong with Illinois' New Eavesdropping Law
January 29, 2015
JURIST Guest Columnist Jacob Huebert, of the Liberty Justice Center, discusses a new Illinois eavesdropping law and argues that the Illinois legislators should repeal the law as it violates constitutional principles and individual freedoms...For a few weeks in late 2014, the police killings of Micha....... [more]

Exclusionary Discipline: the New Bar to Education for Chicago Public School Students
January 5, 2015
JURIST Guest Columnist Ashley Varnado, St. John's University School of Law Class of 2015, is the author of the ninth article in a twelve-part series from the staffers of the Journal of Civil Rights and Economic Development. Varnado discusses the exclusionary discipline that bars Chicago public schoo....... [more]

Illinois Governor signs new eavesdropping law
December 31, 2014
Illinois Governor Patt Quinn on Tuesday signed into law a bill that establishes new rules over how private conversations may be recorded. The new law requires that all parties involved in a private conversation give their permission to be recorded. Under the law such a conversation is defined as any....... [more]

UN committee urges US to investigate police brutality
November 28, 2014
The UN Committee Against Torture has urged the US to begin prompt, impartial investigations into all cases of police brutality and excessive use of force by police officers, and to limit the use of electrical discharge weapons. The committee expressed concern over the use of force against people of....... [more]

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]




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