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Appeals panel hears arguments over whether Illinois campaign finance law creates 'unlevel playing field'
Illinois' campaign finance law may create an unlevel political spending playing field, giving one kind of political organization a built-in advantage. But a federal appeals panel appeared to harbor doubts over whether that makes the law unconstitutional.
- Campaigns & Elections
An Illinois appeals court ruled the Illinois Board of Elections should consider fining Illinois Auditor General Frank Mautino for alleged campaign finance irregularities, committed while Mautino was a state representative.
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Ex-IL state worker Janus asks appeals court to toss ruling blocking refund of unconstitutional union fees
Lawyers for former Illinois state worker Mark Janus have asked a federal appeals panel to overturn a ruling barring nonunion state workers from collecting refunds of the fees they paid to unions, even though the unions had more than a strong inkling the fees were about to be declared unconstitutional.
WASHINGTON , D.C. -- The U.S. Supreme Court has turned down an effort by a group of non-union home caregivers to persuade the high court to order unions to refund millions of dollars in fees that they collected from the caregivers under an Illinois state law declared unconstitutional.
Class action: Union must refund millions in unconstitutional fees taken from non-union IL state workers
A group of non-union Illinois state employees say their union illegally forced them to continue paying fees to the union, even when the union knew the fees were likely to be declared unconstitutional. Now, those workers have asked a federal judge to order the union to refund the money.
Labor unions representing public employees shouldn’t need to refund fees they unconstitutionally collected from non-union employees, because they were acting in “good faith,” relying on state laws and prior legal precedent, a federal judge has ruled.
Chicago drops ban on advertising in Uber, Lyft cars; Video ad app maker drops constitutional legal challenge
A decision by Chicago City Hall to amend a city ordinance to now allow interactive video advertising in vehicles operated by drivers for ride-hailing services like Uber and Lyft has brought to a conclusion one company’s legal quest to win a court order declaring such a ban unconstitutional.
A federal judge sided with Attorney General Lisa Madigan and the Illinois State Board of Elections in a lawsuit that sought to lift a state law that prohibits independent expenditure committees from contributing funds directly to political candidates, to "level the playing field" in an elections system the plaintiffs asserted is tilted.
A recent decision by a federal appeals court in Chicago likely forebodes a legal fight before the U.S. Supreme Court over the fate of so-called local right-to-work zones in Illinois and throughout the country.
The city of Chicago and a company which wants to provide interactive video advertising for Uber and Lyft vehicles operating in the city have squared off in federal court over Chicago’s ban on such ads, with the company maintaining the ban runs roughshod over the U.S. and Illinois constitutions, and the city asserting the ban is a legitimate restriction of commercial speech.