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Judge Calls Same-Sex Marriage Bans “Savage Discrimination”

Federal appeals judges bristled Tuesday at arguments defending gay marriage bans in Indiana and Wisconsin, with one Republican appointee comparing them to now-defunct laws that once outlawed weddings between blacks and whites.

08/26/2014

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Wisconsin, Indiana Set To Defend Gay Marriage Bans

The legal skirmish over same-sex marriage shifted Tuesday to a federal appeals court in Chicago, where nearly 200 people lined up hoping to hear arguments in a case challenging gay marriage bans in Wisconsin and Indiana.

08/26/2014

Former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich waves to supporters outside his home after returning from his sentencing hearing December 7, 2011 in Chicago, Illinois. Blagojevich was sentenced to 14 years in federal prison after being found guilty of 18 charges in two trials including trying to sell President Obama’s vacated senate seat. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Blagojevich Appeal Hearing Focuses On What’s Legal Politics

Blagojevich’s attorneys want the court to toss his corruption convictions or at least agree to slash years off his 14-year prison term, which is one of the longest ever imposed for political corruption in a state where four of the last seven governors have ended up in prison.

12/13/2013

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Blagojevich Defense Team Files Final Brief On Appeal

Rod Blagojevich’s lawyers laid out a final set of arguments in writing before they step before appellate judges next week to argue that the imprisoned ex-governor deserves a new trial.

12/03/2013

Former Gov. Rod Blagojevich walks through a hoard of media toward his house before giving a news conference outside his home March 14, 2012, a day before reporting to prison. (Photo by Frank Polich/Getty Images)

Blagojevich Appeals Conviction, 14-Year Sentence

Lawyers for Rod Blagojevich filed an appeal just before a midnight deadline Monday that challenges the imprisoned former Illinois governor’s corruption conviction and 14-year prison term, including on grounds the trial judge allegedly committed a litany of errors.

07/16/2013

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Madigan Seeks Second Extension On Concealed Carry Appeal

Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan is asking the U.S. Supreme Court for more time to decide whether to appeal a lower court’s order saying citizens should be allowed to publicly carry concealed guns.

06/17/2013

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Appeals Court Gives Quinn 30 More Days On Concealed Carry Legislation

The 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals acted on Attorney General Lisa Madigan’s request to allow Gov. Pat Quinn more time to review legislation passed last week. However, on issuing its ruling, the court said it would not issue another extension of its mandate past the new deadline of July 9.

06/05/2013

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Madigan Seeks Extension Of Concealed Carry Deadline

Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan has asked a federal appeals court for an extra 30 days for the governor to decide if he’ll sign recently approved concealed carry legislation.

06/04/2013

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Court Rules Shipping Locks Won’t Be Closed To Stop Asian Carp

A federal appeals court has ruled that the Chicago shipping locks will not be closed in the interest of keeping the Asian carp out of the Great Lakes.

CBS Chicago–08/25/2011