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Chicago Police, ACLU Agree On Changes To Controversial “Stop And Frisk” Tactics

The Chicago Police Department and the American Civil Liberties Union have reached a groundbreaking deal to set up an independent evaluation of police “stop and frisk” procedures, in an effort to prevent racial profiling.

08/07/2015

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FBI Behind Mysterious Surveillance Flights Over Chicago, Other US Cities

The FBI is operating a small air force with scores of low-flying planes across the country carrying video and, at times, cellphone surveillance technology — all hidden behind fictitious companies that are fronts for the government, The Associated Press has learned.

06/02/2015

Rev. Paul Jakes (left) and attorney Anthony Romanucci (far right, at microphones) discuss a federal lawsuit seeking to end the Chicago Police Department's use of so-called "stop and frisk" tactics. (Credit: Craig Dellimore/WBBM)

Lawsuit Seeks To End Police Stop And Frisk Tactics In Chicago

A group of six black men has filed a federal lawsuit against the city of Chicago, Police Supt. Garry McCarthy, and 14 unnamed police officers, alleging so-called “stop and frisk” procedures are unconstitutional.

04/21/2015

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ACLU: Chicago Stop-And-Frisk Tactics Outpace New York

A new study by the American Civil Liberties Union has revealed Chicago police are among the nation’s leaders in the use of the controversial “stop-and-frisk” practice, leading even New York.

03/23/2015

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Peoria Twitter Prankster Heads To Federal Court

A federal judge is scheduled to hear arguments in a case brought by a man whose home was raided by police after he created a fake Twitter account to spoof Peoria’s mayor.

03/09/2015

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ACLU Asking Judge To Order DCFS To Enact Reforms

The American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois is asking a federal judge to order the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services to start enacting court-ordered reforms, reports WBBM’s Terry Keshner.

02/16/2015

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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

Some police departments have begun equipping officers with "body cameras," which record criminal activity and encounters with suspects and civilians, to document crime and protect officers in case of allegations of wrongdoing. (Credit: CBS)

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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