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New Wage Protections for Illinois Workers

The State of Illinois is empowering the Attorney General’s office to take criminal action against employers who engage in unfair labor practices. Gov. J.B. Pritzker last week signed the act, which will create a task force to investigate violations of the state’s employment laws. The measure is aimed at misclassification of workers by their employers… Read More »

A Clean Slate for Cannabis Offenders in Cook County

Among the many with a Chicago pot bust? If so, your name could be cleared when Illinois grants permission for recreational marijuana use in January. Under a plan put forward by State’s Attorney Kim Foxx, records in Cook County will be wiped clean of hundreds of thousands of petty convictions when it becomes legal to light… Read More »

Smoking Restricted on Illinois Roads

Drivers in Illinois are being forced to curb their smoking habit with children in the car or to face a fine if they’re caught lighting up. A new law makes it illegal to smoke in the presence of minors when travelling the state’s roadways. Gov. J.B. Pritzker signed legislation last week that will cover passengers,… Read More »

Graffiti Inadmissible in Belleville Murder Trial

Writing on the wall carries no weight with the Illinois 5th District Appellate Court, according to a ruling issued last week that treats graffiti found in a holding cell as inadmissible in a Belleville murder trial. Prosecutors sought to present the daubing as a de facto admission of guilt in the case of Samuel Johnson,… Read More »

Modesty No Match for Seventh Circuit

Having seen a panel of judges in the 7th Circuit uphold the right of prison officials to conduct strip searches, interfaith agencies in Washington D.C., are requesting an en banc review of the ruling. An amicus brief filed last week with the federal court, which is headquartered in Chicago and encompasses Illinois, Indiana and Wisconsin, contends… Read More »

Sheriff Liable for Unsanitary Conditions at Lake County Lockup

A federal appeals court has ruled that government officials in Lake County must face charges that they deprived detainees of their Constitutional right to due process when they cut off water for three days at a correctional facility in Waukegan. The three-member panel of judges upheld the decision by a judge in the US 7th… Read More »

Murder Charge for Teens in Accomplice’s Death

The Lake County State’s Attorney is charging five teens with murder when another of their number took a bullet in the head during a failed robbery in Chicago’s northern suburbs. A homeowner fired the shot that killed the 14-year-old on August 13th but Michael Nerheim says said the crime fits a statute that holds perps… Read More »

Redress Coming for Inmates’ Lewd Behavior

A federal judge has given the go-ahead for class-action lawsuit that seeks damages from the Cook County government for the treatment of female employees by prisoners in the county courts and lock-ups. US District Judge Michael Kennelly said petitions brought by jail workers and public defenders in 2017 could go ahead under Title VII of the… Read More »

Bring Back the Death Penalty?

Illinois Rep. David McSweeney thinks reinstatement’s worth pursuing. Prompted by recent mass shootings in Texas and Ohio, the Barrington Hills Republican told reporters that he intends to sponsor a bill to restore capital punishment as a vehicle for curbing violent crime in the Windy City. Almost 50 Chicagoans were killed or injured by gunfire the weekend… Read More »

Muni Leaders Want Pot Guidance

Officials from the Illinois Municipal League are pressing legislators for guidance on the Cannabis Regulation and Tax Act, which legalizes marijuana use in Illinois. The association says its 1,300 member governments want to know more, including about at-home cultivation and how they can spend the proceeds from taxes generated by pot sales. Officials are considering… Read More »