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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

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ACLU Study Finds Racial Profiling Still An Issue For Illinois Police

The American Civil Liberties Union was renewing its call for an end to consensual vehicle searches by police, after a new report suggested racial profiling in Illinois is still a significant problem.

08/13/2014

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Man Behind Peoria Mayor Twitter Parody Suing Over Police Raid

Jon Daniel was behind the fake Twitter account @Peoriamayor, posting comments about sex and drugs, among other things. Peoria Mayor Jim Ardis called the posts “absolute filth.”

06/12/2014

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Report: Segregation Returning To Schools

It has been has been 60 years since the landmark U.S. Supreme Court “Brown vs. Board of Education” ruling barring state-sponsored segregation of schools, but segregation has returned in many places, including Chicago.

05/15/2014

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Illinois Supreme Court Upholds Parental Notification Abortion Law

The Illinois Supreme Court ended a lengthy and emotionally charged legal appeal over an abortion notification law Thursday, clearing the way for the state to begin enforcing a 1995 measure that requires doctors to notify a girl’s parents 48 hours before the procedure.

07/11/2013

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Same-Sex Couples Seek Illinois Court Ruling On Gay Marriage

Attorneys representing more than two dozen same-sex couples say they plan to ask a Cook County judge for a quick ruling in favor of gay marriage in Illinois.

07/10/2013

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Student Sues School Over Suspension For Twitter Comment

Lowell High School graduate Delaina Trusty claimed she was wrongly punished for her use of Twitter while she was away from school.

06/06/2013

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Judge Agrees To Combine Lawsuits Seeking To End Gay Marriage Ban

A Cook County judge on Thursday agreed to combine two lawsuit seeking to overturn the ban on gay marriage in Illinois.

CBS Chicago–06/21/2012

Cook County Clerk David Orr and Cook County State's Attorney Anita Alvarez say they agree with two recent lawsuits that the state's ban on gay marriage is unconstitutional. They say they won't defend the law in court, and will concede the state should be required to provide marriage licenses to same-sex couples. (Credit: CBS)

Orr, Alvarez Won’t Fight Suits Challenging Gay Marriage Ban

Cook County Clerk David Orr and State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez say they agree with a pair of recent lawsuits alleging the state’s ban on same-sex marriages is unconstitutional, and they are not fighting the effort to lift that ban.

06/14/2012

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Lawsuits Filed To Secure Gay Marriage Rights In Illinois

Two separate lawsuits were filed Wednesday, attempting to secure marriage rights for gay and lesbian couples in Illinois.

CBS Chicago–05/30/2012

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Police Use Of ‘Body Cams,’ Stun Gun Cameras Stirs Controversy

Police officers are using a new tool to catch criminals and protect themselves from bogus allegations. Some departments are beginning to have officers wear cameras on their uniforms, and they also are equipping stun guns with cameras. CBS 2′s Dave Savini looks at this new technology and the controversy around it.

CBS 2–02/29/2012

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Police Supt. McCarthy Comes Out Against Eavesdropping Act

It is illegal to record a conversation with a police officer if you get pulled over or have a run-in, but police Supt. Garry McCarthy says that should change.

CBS Chicago–01/30/2012

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ACLU: Police Discriminate In Responding To 911 Calls

The Chicago Police Department is under fire this morning from the American Civil Liberties Union for its handling of 911 calls.

CBS Chicago–10/27/2011

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ACLU Intervenes In Catholic Charities Adoption Rights Case

A judge is allowing the American Civil Liberties Union to intervene in the battle over adoption rights for same-sex couples.

CBS Chicago–08/02/2011

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Transgender Illinoisans Win Changes On Birth Certificates

Three Illinois residents who have changed their gender are going to get new birth certificates that reflect the change.

CBS Chicago–07/22/2011

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ACLU Not Satisfied With State Police Statement On Profiling

The Illinois State Police have responded to accusations of bias from the American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois, but the ACLU is not satisfied.

CBS Chicago–06/16/2011

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ACLU: State Police Racially Profile In Vehicle Searches

The American Civil Liberties Union has filed a federal complaint, seeking to stop the Illinois State Police from searching cars during traffic stops without any apparent reason.

CBS Chicago–06/07/2011

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Report: School District Angry Over ACLU Complaint

The American Civil Liberties Union recently put out a letter complaining that a North Shore school district was using software that blocked gay and lesbian-oriented Web sites, leaving the school district “furious.”

CBS Chicago–05/19/2011

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Planned Parenthood Loses Funding, Court Challenge In Indiana

Planned Parenthood now says it will have to turn away 9,300 Medicaid patients at its clinics in Indiana, since state lawmakers have voted to eliminate all of the group’s public funding.

CBS Chicago–05/11/2011

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