‘Just The Beginning’: Illinois Gov. Pardons Over 11,000 On Eve Of Recreational Cannabis Legalization

By Jessica Corbett, Commondreams.org -

"This is just the first wave of Illinoisans who will see a new world of opportunities emerge as they shed the burden of their nonviolent cannabis-related convictions and records." On Tuesday, [...]

New York Took On The Real Estate Industry And Won. Illinois Could Be Next.

By Max Budovitch, Inthesetimes.com -

On June 14, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed into law new housing legislation that guarantees the “strongest tenant protections in history,” extending rent regulation from New York City and [...]

Victory In Illinois: Coal Plant Found Guilty Of Polluting Groundwater With Coal Ash

By Ruth Milka, Nationofchange.org -

“Today is a huge victory for Waukegan residents who have fought for years to see corporations like NRG Energy held accountable for the toxic waste that has been illegally dumped on our Lake [...]

What Makes Illinois’ Marijuana Legalization Bill So Progressive

By Ramenda Cyrus, Inthesetimes.com -

On May 31, the Illinois House of Representatives passed what is perhaps the most progressive recreational marijuana usage bill in the United States, by a margin of 66-47. The bill passed in the [...]

Illinois Workers Celebrate As ‘Life-Changing’ $15 Per Hour Minimum Wage Signed Into Law

By Jessica Corbett, Commondreams.org -

"Fifteen dollars an hour will be life-changing for me. I can barely afford the basic needs for my two sons on my minimum-wage salary. Simple things like whether to buy school supplies for my [...]

Federal Judge To IDOC: Get Your Unconstitutional Shit Together

By The Uptown People's Law Center, Beachwoodreporter.com -

A federal court has ordered the State of Illinois to address its "failure to . . . meet the constitutional requirements with respect to the mental health needs of" its approximately 12,000 [...]

Illinois Prisons Sued For Unconstitutional Ban On LGBTQ Literature

By Elizabeth Weill-Greenberg, Truthout.org -

The Uptown People’s Law Center and the MacArthur Justice Center filed a lawsuit on October 17 that alleges Illinois prisons are censoring correspondence and publications that have been mailed to [...]

1 In 4 Voters Live In States With Automatic Voter Registration

By Staff, www.brennancenter.org -

By Staff of Brennan Center for Justice - Chicago, IL – Today, Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner signed a bill to bring automatic voter registration to the state, which could help sign up more than 1 [...]

Victory For Domestic Workers In Illinois

By Terrance Heath, www.ourfuture.org -

By Terrance Heath for Campaign for America's Future - The law, which is the result of a five-year campaign by the Illinois Domestic Workers’ Coalition, guarantees nannies, housecleaners, homecare [...]

Waukegan Paid $26.1 MillionTo About 50 People Wrongly Arrested

By Dan Hinkel, www.chicagotribune.com -

By Dan Hinkel for the Chicago Tribune - A Tribune investigation into the Waukegan Police Department has found a troubling history of investigative failure and abuse allegations. No city police [...]

Bruce Rauner Is Using A Manufactured Crisis To Bust Unions

By Jennifer Ritter and Jacob Swenson-Lengyel, www.inthesetimes.com -

By Jennifer Ritter and Jacob Swenson-Lengyel for In These Times - If you like Scott Walker, you’ll love Bruce Rauner. In February, Rauner issued an executive order blocking public employee unions [...]

Illinois Spent 2.4 Million Incarcerating People In One Chicago Block

By Alex Nitkin, www.dnainfo.com -

By Alex Nitkin in DNAInfo - In just five years, the State of Illinois dedicated more than $2.4 million to the 4800 block of West Adams Street in Austin. But don't look for new developments or [...]

Official Probe Calls On Illinois To Reconsider Salaita Firing

By Ali Abunimah, www.electronicintifada.net -

An official investigative committee at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is calling for the decision to fire Steven Salaita to be reconsidered. The report by the Committee on [...]

In Secret Process Illinois Approves New Rules For Fracking

By Kerry Lester, www.therepublic.com -

Illinois lawmakers signed off Thursday on long-awaited rules regulating high-volume oil and gas drilling, clearing the way for companies to get "fracking" permits and unleash what they hope will [...]

Prisoners Send Notes to Demonstrators

By Anonymous www.anarchistnews.org -

All of these killings by the police was brought about by dirty and corrupt administration officials trying to control things their way. Which we all know it wasn’t to treat us right. I’ve been [...]