| 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...
| Dec 16, 2013
| 4:00 PM
A federal judge on Monday ordered the Cook County Clerk's office to start issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples who can establish that a life-threatening illness prevents them from waiting until the new marriage law takes effect in June.
| Aug 16, 2013
By Jessica Reynolds From today's Tribune story by Kim Geiger: 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......
| May 12, 2011
| 4:53 PM
Lauren Grey is, in all aspects of her life, a woman. Her driver’s license reflects that, as does her name, her Social Security information and her appearance.
Still, her Illinois birth certificate says she’s a man.
She has requested that...
| Jun 1, 2011
| 4:03 PM
Requiring Chicago Housing Authority residents to be drug-tested and making it easier to evict tenants with family members accused of crime is unconstitutional and will backfire, residents said today at a downtown rally.
The CHA is proposing to change its...
| Feb 2, 2012
D'Andre Howard left plenty of clues that he was on a dangerous path before he was accused of killing three members of a Hoffman Estates family, but state officials and outside agencies failed to act on those warnings, a new report concludes.
| Jan 1, 2012
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...
| Jun 14, 2011
| 4:05 PM
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...
| Feb 10, 2012
In Wisconsin, a group of environmentalists plans to bicycle to Chicago's G-8 and NATO summits to protest an economy that relies too heavily on fossil fuel.
In California, a nurses union has a permit for a Chicago march the day before the summits to...
| Mar 4, 2012
Fred Pennix recently drove into Chicago's crime-ridden Englewood neighborhood to check on two of the nearly 40 families under his watch as a state child-protection investigator. It was a holiday but, worried about the children's safety, he was going to...