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Illinois top court overturns 2013 state pension law on constitutional grounds
May 10, 2015
The Illinois supreme court on Friday overturned the 2013 Illinois Pension Law that attempted to reduce the state's pension deficit by eliminating automatic cost of living increases and extending the retirement age. The law itself would apply to four of the state's five state-funded retirement system....... [more]

California's Water Restriction and Its Beneficial Incentives
April 21, 2015
JURIST Guest Columnist Griffen Thorne, Student at Loyola University Chicago School of Law, discusses water use restrictions in the State of California ... On April 1, 2015, California Governor Jerry Brown issued Executive Order B-29-15 ("EO"), which mandates gargantuan water-use restrictions thr....... [more]

Wisconsin AG appeals abortion ruling
April 7, 2015
Wisconsin Attorney General Brad Schimel on Monday appealed a federal court ruling that struck down a law requiring doctors performing abortions to have admitting privileges at a nearby hospital. Schimel appealed to the US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit in Chicago to attempt to have the law....... [more]

Syria and North Korea: The Underground Connection
March 31, 2015
JURIST Guest Columnist Morse Tan of Northern Illinois University College of Law discusses North Korea and Syria nuclear programs and argues that the noticeable links between the two pose a significant threat to global security...More links North Korea and Syria than what many realize. Besides a simi....... [more]

Changing Venue in the Marathon Bomber Case
March 12, 2015
JURIST Guest Columnist Andrew D. Leipold of the University of Illinois College of Law, discusses the First Circuit's decision not to change venue in the Boston Marathon bombing trial...The claim that a local jury can't be unbiased in a case of this profile is intuitively appealing. Although Boston i....... [more]

What's Wrong with Illinois' New Eavesdropping Law
January 29, 2015
JURIST Guest Columnist Jacob Huebert, of the Liberty Justice Center, discusses a new Illinois eavesdropping law and argues that the Illinois legislators should repeal the law as it violates constitutional principles and individual freedoms...For a few weeks in late 2014, the police killings of Micha....... [more]

Exclusionary Discipline: the New Bar to Education for African American Students in Chicago Public Schools
January 5, 2015
JURIST Guest Columnist Ashley Varnado, St. John's University School of Law Class of 2015, is the author of the ninth article in a twelve-part series from the staffers of the Journal of Civil Rights and Economic Development. Varnado discusses the exclusionary discipline that bars Chicago public schoo....... [more]

Illinois Governor signs new eavesdropping law
December 31, 2014
Illinois Governor Patt Quinn on Tuesday signed into law a bill that establishes new rules over how private conversations may be recorded. The new law requires that all parties involved in a private conversation give their permission to be recorded. Under the law such a conversation is defined as any....... [more]

UN committee urges US to investigate police brutality
November 28, 2014
The UN Committee Against Torture has urged the US to begin prompt, impartial investigations into all cases of police brutality and excessive use of force by police officers, and to limit the use of electrical discharge weapons. The committee expressed concern over the use of force against people of....... [more]

Judge rules Illinois pension law unconstitutional
November 22, 2014
An Illinois judge on Friday ruled a law intended to fix the pension crisis in the state violates the Illinois constitution. Sangamon Country Circuit Judge John Belz ruled in favor of state employees and retirees who sued to block the law. Last December state lawmakers passed the bill, which amended....... [more]

Illinois voters approve anti-discrimination voting amendment
November 5, 2014
Illinois voters on Tuesday approved the Illinois Right to Vote Amendment, which bans all voter discrimination on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, religion, gender, sexual orientation or income. This provision will amend the Suffrage and Election Article of the Illinois Constitution. The amendm....... [more]




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