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If you missed our  Police Accountability Forum, co-hosted by the American Constitution Society and the Chicago Council of Lawyers on June 16th, you can watch it on CANTV at Television broadcast dates are: Sunday, July 5th, 9:00 AM, CAN TV21 Monday, July 6th, 8:00 AM, CAN TV19 Tuesday, July 7th, 12:00 PM, CAN TV21

On May 6, the Chicago City Council, after years of pressure by community organizations, passed the Budget Reparations Ordinance, a $5.5 million fund to make financial amends to black Chicagoans systematically tortured by former Chicago Police Commander John Burge and his officers between 1972 and 1991. On June 21, the City of Chicago and the… Continue Reading

Thanks to everyone who attended the Police Accountability Forum CLE, co-hosted by the American Constitution Society on June 16th. As a follow-up to the forum, we present this editorial from the Civil Liberties Committee of the Chicago Council of Lawyers, our partner in the Collaboration for Justice.   The Chicago Police Department’s Bureau of Internal… Continue Reading

  Last week, HB0356, a bill establishing a pilot drug field-testing program for the city of Chicago passed both houses of the Illinois legislature. The bill, chiefly sponsored by Representative Zalewski in the House and Senator Harmon in the Senate, was developed in collaboration with Chicago Appleseed Fund for Justice, the Community Renewal Society and Reclaim… Continue Reading

Like other courts across the nation, Cook County is seeing increasing numbers of self-represented parties in the courts. At the same time that litigants are finding it harder to pay for legal services, Cook County has a projected budget deficit of $152 million for 2014, which has resulted in a reduction in the number of… Continue Reading

The Chicago Daily Law Bulletin examined the issue of money in judicial elections in their annual Law Day issue last Sunday, April 26th. Staff Attorney Elizabeth Monkus was among the people interviewed for the article, which was framed around the Williams-Yulee case, which was still pending in the Supreme Court at the time of the… Continue Reading

  Today the Chicago Sun-Times issued an editorial in support of the Field Drug Testing Pilot Bill that Chicago Appleseed was instrumental in developing. The editorial can be found here and previous entries on our blog describing the issue can be found here.  The current version of the bill HB356, has passed the Illinois House… Continue Reading

Chicago Appleseed and the Chicago Council of Lawyers were invited to join an amicus brief filed in Williams-Yulee v. the Florida Bar, examining whether a rule of judicial conduct that prohibits candidates for judicial office from personally soliciting campaign funds violates the First Amendment. The brief was submitted on behalf of state and local judicial election reform… Continue Reading

This week, the New York Times published a story about how the child support enforcement systems and policies in U.S. court create a cycle of non-payment by middle and low income parents: Skip Child Support. Go to Jail. Lose Job. Repeat. Unpaid child support became a big concern in the 1980s and ’90s as public… Continue Reading

State’s Attorney Alvarez Announces Sweeping Reforms To Cook County Drug Policies: Initiative Involves Not Charging Marijuana Misdemeanors, Expanded Drug Deferred Prosecution Program, and a Street-level Diversion Program for Juveniles.   State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez today announced the implementation of a new drug policy in Cook County that will seek to keep nonviolent low level repeat… Continue Reading

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