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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.

Court clears path for publishing company to sue city over posting ordinance

Dawn Geske Sep. 26, 2016, 5:11pm

A nonprofit publishing company will be allowed to press its lawsuit against the city of Chicago over its ordinance restricting certain posters on city light poles.

7th Circuit: City's peddling rules may ban Cubs vendors, as well as magazine sellers, outside Wrigley

Scott Holland May 26, 2016, 3:33pm

The publishers of a baseball magazine still haven’t connected in their fight for the right to sell their product on the sidewalk outside of Chicago’s Wrigley Field.But a federal appeals panel said arguments raised by Left Field Media did deliver a strike in questioning why even the Chicago Cubs organization itself should be allowed under the city’s rules to sell things on the sidewalks outside the Friendly Confines.

Jury OKs $1,500 each to panhandlers who said Cook Sheriff violated rights in barring begging at Daley Plaza

Jonathan Bilyk Jan. 29, 2016, 3:07pm

A federal jury has awarded two panhandlers $1,500 each, saying Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart and his deputies violated their First Amendment rights when prohibiting them from soliciting donations from visitors to and those passing by the Daley Center, the county’s civil courthouse,.

Publisher says city rules barring posters on lamp posts is unconstitutional

Scott Holland Jan. 7, 2016, 9:14am

The First Amendment doesn’t specifically mention streetlight poles, but they are involved in a free speech class action complaint filed in federal court in Chicago. RCP Publications filed the complaint in December against the city, arguing the city violates the First Amendment with its policy on which messages may be posted on public property.

Magazine seller denied injunction to force city to allow them to sell on sidewalk outside Wrigley Field

Scott Holland Oct. 7, 2015, 11:37am

Even if the Chicago Cubs do bring postseason baseball back to Wrigley Field in October, fans still won’t be able to buy copies of an unauthorized team-themed magazine outside the venerable stadium on the city’s North Side. U.S. District Judge Jorge L. Alonso denied the request of magazine publishers Left Field Media to force the city to allow Left Field to sell its magazines outside the ballpark. The publishing company had sought an injunction to stop the city from enforcing what it argues is a