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American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois

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Top American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois Articles

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  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 'His name was Joseph'

    'His name was Joseph'
    The poem Joshua Travis read to other teenage alumni of the state's child welfare system described in his own words how his mentally ill mother killed his 3-year-old brother. Amanda Wallace waved goodbye and hanged him from the transom of their West...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Mandating birth-control benefits unlawful, appeals court told

    Mandating birth-control benefits unlawful, appeals court told
    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....
  • Limiting police drones in Illinois

    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...
  • A win for Transgender rights in Illinois… but more needed

     
    Last week, a Cook County Circuit Judge ordered that three transgender people be granted new birth certificates reflecting their correct gender marker by the Division of Vital Records of the Illinois Department of Public Health following a lawsuit from the...