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American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois

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  • Police raid over tweets leads to lawsuit against Peoria mayor

    Police raid over tweets leads to lawsuit against Peoria mayor
    PEORIA—When Jon Daniel created a Twitter account spoofing the town’s mayor in March, he planned to entertain friends with a steady stream of occasionally profane and often sophomoric messages. The Peoria native said he had no animosity...
  • New DCFS chief hopes to restore stability

    New DCFS chief hopes to restore stability
    Restoring stability to Illinois’ troubled child-welfare agency as it faces the possibility of budget cuts are among the challenges the agency’s new director said she will face in coming months. Bobbie Gregg acknowledged that the revolving...
  • DCFS crowding overburdens children's shelter

    DCFS crowding overburdens children's shelter
    After being beaten with a pan and left in the dark for hours bound to a pole, the 11-year-old girl escaped from her abusive home through a basement window and walked barefoot six blocks to the La Grange police station one summer night in 2011. "She...
  • Passage of same-sex marriage celebrated by gay, lesbian couples across state

     Passage of same-sex marriage celebrated by gay, lesbian couples across state
    Robyne O'Mara and Lynne Burnett have been together 33 years, and on Tuesday they watched, almost in awe, as Illinois lawmakers cast votes that would make the couple's decadeslong relationship equal to any other. "We were just blown away," O'Mara said...
  • Religious protections on gay marriage in doubt

     Religious protections on gay marriage in doubt
    Illinois' gay marriage bill that awaits the governor's signature doesn't force religious clergy to officiate at same-sex weddings or compel churches to open their doors for ceremonies. But similar safeguards aren't spelled out for pastry chefs, florists,...
  • Judge hears arguments on challenge to state's same-sex marriage ban

    Judge hears arguments on challenge to state's same-sex marriage ban
    A Cook County Circuit Court judge heard oral arguments Tuesday on a motion to dismiss a challenge to Illinois' same-sex marriage ban, with attorneys sparring over ideal child-rearing circumstances and gender stereotypes, among other issues. Circuit...
  • Lawsuit challenges CHA's drug testing policy

    Lawsuit challenges CHA's drug testing policy
    A Chicago man who objects to having to submit to drug testing as a condition of living in an apartment that he rents from the Chicago Housing Authority filed a lawsuit Thursday challenging the policy in federal court. Joseph Peery, 58, has lived in the...
  • Ousted Illinois Republican chairman hired to lobby on gay marriage bill

    Ousted Illinois Republican chairman hired to lobby on gay marriage bill
    Pat Brady, who was forced out as chairman of the state Republican Party after backing gay marriage legislation, said Tuesday he has been retained by the American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois to lobby GOP state legislators to back the bill. The ACLU...
  • State's youth prison system violates inmates' rights, experts say

    State's youth prison system violates inmates' rights, experts say
    Illinois' youth prison system is violating the constitutional rights of inmates by failing to provide adequate mental health care and education and by unnecessarily keeping youths in solitary confinement, three court-appointed experts found this week....
  • Illinois Senate approves drone regulations

    Illinois Senate approves drone regulations
    SPRINGFIELD — If Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart ever gets his drone, he could face a series of restrictions on how it can be used. The Illinois Senate on Thursday overwhelmingly approved a measure aimed at putting in place aerial drone regulations...
  • Judge's order lets same-sex couple marry early

    Judge's order lets same-sex couple marry early
    A same-sex Chicago couple will be allowed to marry this week, seven months before the state's new law goes into effect, after a federal court ordered that the Cook County clerk immediately issue them a license, officials said. Vernita Gray and...