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American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois

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  • 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....
  • 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...
  • Catholic Charities denied stay in Illinois adoption contract case

     
    The ongoing legal battle between Catholic Charities and the state of Illinois over the organization’s state-funded contracts, and their refusal to grant adoption and foster care services to same-sex couples in civil unions, continues with the church...
  • Listen up! Courts are telling Illinois to fix its eavesdropping law

     
    "Is that recording?" asked Lindenhurst police officer Ralph Goar, referring to a pocket video camera resting on the dashboard of motorist Louis Frobe. It was the night of Aug. 15, 2010, and Goar had pulled Frobe over for allegedly driving......
  • Audio recording police officers on the job -- why the 7th Circuit said it's OK

     
    Highlights from the 7th Circuit U.S. Court of appeals May 8, 2012 ruling (.pdf) in ACLU v. Alvarez that was left in place today by the U.S. Supreme Court. The 2-1 majority opinion was written by Judge Diane Sykes: The......
  • Pact to decrease number of mentally ill in nursing homes

    Pact to decrease number of mentally ill in nursing homes
    A Chicago federal judge has approved a landmark agreement that will enable thousands of people with mental illness currently living in nursing homes to move into community settings that experts say are more appropriate and less expensive. U.S. District...
  • Suicides expose safety breakdowns

    Suicides expose safety breakdowns
    Sometime before 3:09 a.m. on Sept. 1, 2009, Jamal Miller began to tear the bedsheet in his room at the Illinois Youth Center in St. Charles. The stocky 16-year-old tied the sheet to a sock and tied the sock around the metal bar at the top of his bunk...
  • Suit challenges state's transgender policy

    Suit challenges state's transgender policy
    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...