| Jun 27, 2014
Other instances where the courts have been just fine with buffer zones to protect people from verbal harassment on the public way. From Eugene Volokh: Frisby v. Schultz (1988) — which is relatively uncontroversial on the Court today — held.......
| Sep 15, 2014
| 3:00 AM
The Chicago Police Department is preparing to try out body cameras on some of its officers, joining a growing national trend that is raising hopes of increased police professionalism but also a raft of difficult questions about how the cameras should be...
| Sep 12, 2014
| 6:07 AM
Nearly one year after Illinois child welfare officials revealed under pressure that more children had died from abuse or neglect than earlier reported, new state statistics show the disturbing high rate has continued.
The Illinois Department of Children...
| Aug 6, 2013
| 6:35 PM
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.
| Aug 15, 2013
| 8:04 AM
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...
| Aug 27, 2013
| 2:39 PM
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.
| Sep 25, 2013
| 7:10 PM
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....
| May 22, 2013
| 6:17 PM
Lawyers for two Roman Catholic-owned companies in Illinois and Indiana argued before the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals Wednesday that a law forcing them to include birth control in their employees' benefits would violate their First Amendment rights....
| May 31, 2013
| 2:40 PM
If law enforcement agencies had a free hand, we might all soon be living in a version of what Sting sang: "Every step you take, I'll be watching you." The advance of unmanned aerial vehicles, known as drones, has made suffocating surveillance not only...
| Nov 26, 2013
| 5:17 AM
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...
| Mar 17, 2014
| 7:13 PM
Youths in Illinois' troubled juvenile prisons would receive enhanced access to education, mental health services and other improvements under a proposal that awaits a judge's approval.
Eighteen months after suing the state's Department of Juvenile...