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IL Supreme Court 'ducks,' leaves unanswered whether state constitution's balanced budget rules 'mean anything'

By Jonathan Bilyk | Apr 5, 2019

The Illinois Supreme Court’s recent refusal to hear a challenge to a state abortion funding law has raised questions over the court’s willingness to force the state legislature ever to abide by the balanced budget requirements spelled out in the state constitution and Illinois law.

IL law requiring presidential candidates to release tax data would face stiff constitutional test

By Karen Kidd | Apr 3, 2019

A state Senate bill that would require presidential and vice presidential candidates to release their tax returns in order to be included on the Illinois ballot could pose a daunting question to the courts.

Two-year-old law change intended to benefit non-violent poor offenders used by Smollett to seal case

By Jonathan Bilyk | Mar 28, 2019

A little heralded change to Illinois law two years ago – one intended by supporters to benefit poor people charged with petty offenses - has allowed actor Jussie Smollett and the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office to keep the details of the case leading to his dismissal under wraps, so far.

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