| May 30, 2012
| 1:58 PM
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...
| Jun 14, 2012
| 2:24 PM
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...
| 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.
| 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...
| Oct 27, 2011
| 1:33 PM
A lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois alleges the Chicago’s deployment of police officers results in slower response times to 911 calls in primarily black and Hispanic neighborhoods than largely white communities.
| 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...
| Aug 8, 2012
| 3:31 PM
Despite deep state budget cuts, the state’s child-welfare agency has reached an agreement with a watchdog group to lower caseloads for frontline workers who investigate critical hotline calls alleging abuse and neglect.
The Illinois Department of...
| Mar 31, 2010
| 5:13 PM
Nearly 10 percent of the inmates in Illinois' juvenile prisons have essentially completed their sentences — in some cases more than a year ago — but are stuck behind bars because they have no place to go, state records show.
Many of the...
| Mar 15, 2010
Thousands of psychiatric patients are likely to move out of nursing homes and into community-based settings in the next five years under a landmark legal agreement designed to reshape Illinois' troubled long-term care system.
The agreement, expected to...
| May 25, 2010
| 7:07 PM
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...