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Court Rules Same-Sex Marriage Bans In Indiana And Wisconsin Unconstitutional

The unanimous decision by the three-judge panel of the U.S. 7th Circuit Court of Appeals is yet another in a series of courtroom wins for gay-marriage advocates. Since last year, the vast majority of federal rulings have declared same-sex marriages bans unconstitutional.

09/04/2014

The Illinois Supreme Court building in Springfield, Ill. (Credit: Illinois.gov)

State Supreme Court Strikes Down Eavesdropping Law

In the unanimous decisions released Thursday, the court found the 1961 Eavesdropping Act violates free speech and due process protections. They focus on audio recordings.

03/20/2014

Customers shop for guns at Freddie Bear Sports sporting goods store in Tinley Park. A federal judge has ruled Chicago's ban on such gun shops is unconstitutional. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Mayor Won’t Appeal ‘Straitjacket’ Ruling Against City’s Gun Sales Ban

Despite calling a judge’s ruling against the city’s gun sales ban a “straitjacket” on efforts to keep illegal guns off the streets, Mayor Rahm Emanuel indicated he won’t appeal the decision to a higher court.

01/09/2014

Customers shop for guns at Freddie Bear Sports sporting goods store in Tinley Park. A federal judge has ruled Chicago's ban on such gun shops is unconstitutional. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Judge Rules Chicago Ban On Gun Sales Unconstitutional

U.S. District Judge Edmond E. Chang said he would temporarily stay the effects of his ruling, meaning the ordinances can stand while the city decides whether to appeal.

01/06/2014

Gov. Pat Quinn (Credit: CBS)

Appeals Court Denies Quinn’s Latest Bid To Block Lawmakers’ Pay

Gov. Pat Quinn lost another round in his bid to block lawmakers’ paychecks until they send him a pension reform plan, when the Illinois Appellate Court denied his request to stop legislators from getting paid.

09/27/2013

U.S. Supreme Court Building (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Madigan Seeks Extension On Concealed Carry Appeal

Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan asked the U.S. Supreme Court Monday for more time to decide whether to appeal a court’s ruling that the state’s ban on the public possession of firearms is unconstitutional.

04/29/2013

Chicago police carry off a protester at Grant Park on Oct. 23, 2011. (CBS)

Judge Tosses Grant Park Arrests Of Occupy Protestors As Unconstitutional

A Cook County judge has dismissed charges against dozens of Occupy Chicago protesters who were arrested in Grant Park after a rally last October, ruling the curfew they were charged with violating is unconstitutional.

CBS Chicago–09/27/2012

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Federal Judge Tosses Part Of Chicago’s Gun Ordinance

A federal judge has thrown out part of the city’s gun law, finding a section of the ordinance is too vague and unconstitutional.

CBS Chicago–06/19/2012

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Judge Rejects State Law Restricting PAC Fundraising

A federal judge has struck down part of Illinois’ campaign finance law that restricted fundraising by independent political action committees.

03/13/2012

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City No Longer Enforcing Law Against Church Protests

A man who demonstrated outside Chicago’s Church of Scientology last year is pleased that the citation he received has been deemed unconstitutional.

CBS Chicago–04/12/2011

Illinois Senate Chambers

Senate Pres.: Cutting Pension Benefits Is Unconstitutional

Illinois Senate President John Cullerton (D-Chicago) says cutting pension benefits for current state employees is, in his words, “clearly unconstitutional.”

WBBM Newsradio–03/03/2011