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Election Day voter registration cleared for IL this November; judges refuse to rush appeal

Jonathan Bilyk Oct. 7, 2016, 5:05pm

Election Day voter registration will be allowed this November at all polling places in Cook County and Illinois’ other more populated counties, after a federal appeals court refused to speed up proceedings in the case, pushing briefing in the matter back to Nov. 10, two days after Election Day.

7th Circuit appeals judges lift injunction blocking Illinois Election Day voter registration program

Jonathan Bilyk Oct. 4, 2016, 5:53pm

Saying the law imposes only a “minimal inconvenience" on voters living in low population counties who wish to register to vote on Election Day when compared to the benefits of expanding voting opportunities in counties with more people, Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan has asked a federal appeals court to overturn a federal judge’s block of a state law allowing Election Day voter registration at polling places in Cook County and other Illinois counties in which more than 100,000 people liv

Judge dismisses 'fair share' fee suit vs state worker unions; SCOTUS deadlock means precedent stands

Jonathan Bilyk Sep. 30, 2016, 5:52pm

In the wake of a deadlock at the U.S. Supreme Court, letting stand a federal appeals court’s ruling that public unions can compel workers not represented by unions to pay so-called “fair share” fees in lieu of union dues, a Chicago federal judge has tossed a lawsuit brought by several Illinois state workers, similarly challenging the union’s payroll deductions.

Judge slaps down Illinois Election Day voter registration system, saying it dilutes rural citizens' rights

Jonathan Bilyk Sep. 27, 2016, 12:41pm

A federal judge has prohibited Illinois’ most populated counties from continuing to register voters at polling places on Election Day, saying the way the system is currently set up in the state violates the rights of people voting in Illinois’ more rural regions.

Congressional candidate, Liberty Justice Center challenge IL Election Day voter registration program

Scott Holland Aug. 4, 2016, 3:50pm

A Western Illinois Republican Congressional candidate has partnered with a Chicago-based public-interest litigation group to challenge Illinois’ Election Day voter registration program, saying the state’s system is unfairly slanted to favor counties with the biggest populations and, by extension, to boost the likelihood of Democratic candidates succeeding at the polls. 

State can force IL child care, home care workers to be represented by union, federal judge says

Jonathan Bilyk May 13, 2016, 5:24pm

While the U.S. Supreme Court declared two years ago that the state cannot compel independent home care and child care workers from paying money to public employees unions out of the checks they receive for their work from the state, a Chicago federal judge said the Constitution does not similarly forbid the state from requiring those same workers to be represented by a union.

Lawsuit challenges constitutionality of state law designating SEIU as representative of Illinois home caregivers, child care providers

Hoang Tran Nov. 11, 2015, 12:11pm

Six Illinois child care providers and home caretakers displeased with being forced by state law to have the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) represent them have filed a federal lawsuit in Chicago asking the state to strike down the law and remove the SEIU as their union representative.

Lawsuit: City sidestepped law in enacting 'Cloud Tax' via administrative ruling on streaming media

Jonathan Bilyk Sep. 11, 2015, 4:56pm

A group of Chicago residents who subscribe to a range of online streaming media services, including Netflix, Xbox Live, Amazon Prime and Spotify, have sued City Hall, asserting the decision by the city’s comptroller to tax the services under the city’s existing amusement tax is illegal. On Sept. 9, the Chicago-based legal non-profit Liberty Justice Center filed the complaint challenging the so-called “Cloud Tax” in Cook County Circuit Court on behalf of six Chicago residents.