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Class action: IL supervised release policies unjustly effectively keep sex offenders in prison 'for life'

Chandra Lye Dec. 29, 2016, 10:59am

A lawsuit has been filed accusing the state of Illinois of violating the rights of convicted sex offenders by maintaining policies that do not allow a number of them to be released from prison after they have served their sentences, effectively leaving them informally sentenced to life in prison.

Facebook: IL Biometrics Privacy law unconstitutional; outcome of case still being closely watched

Kristin Regula Dec. 22, 2016, 2:26pm

Tag friends in a photo online, and Facebook and other social media companies could get sued. But Facebook has now asked a California judge to declare unconstitutional an Illinois biometrics privacy law under which such lawsuits have been brought against Facebook and other social media and digital photo-sharing sites.

Judge: SEIU can keep $20M in unconstitutional fees from daycares because it relied on IL law, precedent

Jonathan Bilyk Dec. 21, 2016, 11:38am

Illinois home-based child care providers who refused to join a union designated by the state of Illinois to represent them, yet were compelled by the state for years to pay so-called “fair share” fees to that union to negotiate on their behalf, should not be able to force the union to pay them their money back, even after the state government and union agreed the law that forced them to pay the fair share fees should be considered unconstitutional, a federal judge has ruled.

Federal judge expands power of 'Special Master' to review state agency political hiring practices

Scott Holland Nov. 30, 2016, 11:27pm

More than two years into an investigation of hiring practices at the Illinois Department of Transportation, a federal judge has expanded the power of the review panel to cover all other state agencies under the oversight of Illinois' governor.

Illinois governments would face large legislative hurdle to follow Detroit's path on bankruptcy, pension cuts

Taryn Phaneuf Oct. 11, 2016, 3:09pm

A federal appeals court in Ohio has upheld a ruling rejecting claims that Detroit retirees’ pensions were unfairly cut,  demonstrating that declaring bankruptcy may be a viable, if extreme, way to deal with a city’s overwhelming pension obligation.

Illinois law aims to rein in unneeded local government travel costs

Dawn Geske Aug. 2, 2016, 10:40pm

The state of Illinois has moved to rein in the spending of the state's local governments on employee travel - spending which some have criticized as wasteful of taxpayers' dollars.

Governor can't exempt Pollution Control workers from collective bargaining, appeals panel says

Scott Holland Jan. 22, 2016, 11:09am

He hasn’t been Illinois’ governor for more than a year, but some of Pat Quinn’s actions are still being weighed by Illinois’ courts. On Jan. 19, a state appellate court overturned the administrative decision of the Illinois Labor Relations Board to uphold Quinn’s exemption of certain Pollution Control Board employees from collective bargaining.

Class action demands state pay up, despite budget impasse, for land taken for road projects

Scott Holland Dec. 30, 2015, 10:43pm

A property owner believes the state has wrongfully used Springfield’s ongoing budget dispute to improperly withhold payment on land the Illinois Department of Transportation seized for work on Route 59 in DuPage County, so the land owner has filed a class action to force Illinois to pay up to all others who have allegedly been similarly wronged. Naper Corner, successor entity to North Star Trust, filed suit Dec. 28 in Cook County Circuit Court.

Survey says Cook, Madison counties, state of Illinois, rank among worst environments for lawsuits in country

Jonathan Bilyk Sep. 10, 2015, 4:46pm

The courts of Cook and Madison counties, as well as the state of Illinois, have again ranked very poorly in the eyes of business leaders, a survey says, hampering the state’s economic growth, reducing the state’s tax haul, and making it more difficult to pay Illinois’ bills and provide needed public services, according to Ill. Gov. Bruce Rauner and representatives of the nation's largest business association.