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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 »

Gun Dealers, State Yet to Act on Certification

With fewer than half of the 2,300 gun dealers in Illinois complying with state certification rules, gun rights advocates are pressing the state to drop its licensing regime. According to the Illinois State Rifle Association, some 1,100 of its federally licensed members have been forced to curtail sales to comply with the Gun Dealer License… Read More »

Supreme Court Affirms Felony Charges for Shoplifters

Shoplifters in Illinois may be classed as burglars, according to a ruling handed down Aug. 1st by the state’s Supreme Court. In upholding the conviction of a man who stole $70 worth of children’s clothing from a Rock Falls Walmart, the high court said that prosecutors who can demonstrate intent may seek tougher sentences in… Read More »

Bail Reform in Chicago Centers on Guns

As the Illinois judiciary and civil rights advocates hash out reform of the state’s unwieldy policies around money bail, officials and police in Cook County and the City of Chicago are hanging their differences on guns. Specifically, whether allowing those awaiting trial on weapons charges to walk free increases the risk to the at-large public. The… Read More »

Could Pre-Trial Reforms Spell an End to Money Bail?

The practice of jailing alleged offenders because they can’t make bail could change in Illinois if those pushing for fairer treatment of the  quarter of a million people who pass through the state’s 92 jails each year get their way in December. That’s when the Supreme Court’s Commission on Pre-Trial Practices will make recommendations on the scope of reform… Read More »