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American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois

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  • Doubts surface as police sharply increase Taser use

    Doubts surface as police sharply increase Taser use
    The traffic stop began peacefully three hours into New Year's Day 2010, with the woman driving the SUV telling the officer that she hadn't been drinking and her husband merrily exclaiming he was the source of the alcohol smell. But the situation soured...
  • Key Loop buildings added to surveillance network

    The city Public Building Commission approved a plan today to connect three South Loop buildings to the city's extensive surveillance camera network. After chairing the commission for the first time, Mayor Rahm Emanuel said it made sense to add the...
  • Chicago aldermen balk at drug testing for city employees

    Chicago aldermen are balking at a proposal to impose random drug tests on all city employees as the American Civil Liberties Union raises questions about whether it would survive a court challenge. A City Council committee that was scheduled to...
  • Group argues to join gay marriage lawsuit

    Group argues to join gay marriage lawsuit
    An Illinois organization trying to intervene in a lawsuit that claims the state’s ban on gay marriage is unconstitutional presented oral arguments today in Cook County Circuit Court. Bryan Beauman, an attorney representing the Illinois Family...
  • Covering gay rights as a beat

    Covering gay rights as a beat
    On Wednesday morning, the gay rights group Lambda Legal and the American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois each filed a lawsuit against Cook County Clerk David Orr, saying the state’s ban on issuing marriage licenses to gay and lesbian couples...
  • Budget cuts threaten DCFS reforms

    Budget cuts threaten DCFS reforms
    Tribune reporter Clifford Triplett understands the impact his tortured past had on Illinois' child-welfare system and doesn't want to see it lose ground. As a 5-year-old, he was burned with cigarettes, whipped with a belt buckle and starved for months....
  • Gay marriage ban unconstitutional, Cook County State's Attorney motion says

    Gay marriage ban unconstitutional, Cook County State's Attorney motion says
    The Cook County State’s Attorney’s office concedes in a court filing today that the state’s ban on same-sex marriages is unconstitutional, according to a spokeswoman.   Two recent lawsuits against Cook County Clerk David Orr claim that...
  • Front-line workers bear brunt of DCFS staff cuts

    Front-line workers bear brunt of DCFS staff cuts
    Budget cuts that are often cited as a reason for failures by the state agency charged with protecting children have fallen disproportionately on front-line child abuse and neglect workers, a Tribune analysis has found. Less than half the agency's overall...
  • Illinois struggles to move mentally ill adults out of nursing homes

     Illinois struggles to move mentally ill adults out of nursing homes
    Casting doubt on an ambitious state plan to move thousands of mentally ill adults out of nursing homes and into community-based programs, a federal court monitor reported this week that many of the patients don't want to leave the facilities while...
  • Suit alleging police deployment inequalities in black, Hispanic communities dismissed

    Suit alleging police deployment inequalities in black, Hispanic communities dismissed
    A Cook County judge has dismissed a civil rights lawsuit that alleged inequalities in how Chicago police deploy officers in predominantly black and Hispanic communities. In a 10-page ruling last week, Judge Neil Cohen ruled that the court does not have...
  • Birth certificate changes easier in Illinois?

    Birth certificate changes easier in Illinois?
    A recent Cook County court ruling makes it possible for transgender people in Illinois to correct the gender on their birth certificates without undergoing genital surgery, but advocates say there’s more work to do and that the current law still...