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We’re very excited to announce that with 14 days left in our end of the year fundraising campaign, we have only $7,000 left to raise in order to meet our matching donor’s goal! A generous anonymous donor has pledged to match all contributions to our end of the year fundraising campaign up to $40,000. Every… Continue Reading

The mayor of New York City, Bill de Blasio, recently unveiled a plan to reduce the number of mentally ill people kept in jail. The plan hopes to address a common and malignant feature of criminal justice systems throughout the country: that jails have been become–in many places–the only public housing and the only source of mental… Continue Reading

Published on: December 12, 2014   On December 11, 2014, Chicago Appleseed and Chicago Council of Lawyers sent the following request to Governor Quinn: ___________________ Dear Governor Quinn: On behalf of Chicago Appleseed Fund for Justice and the Chicago Council of Lawyers, I am writing to urge you to veto the provision in SB3075 that… Continue Reading

Chicago Should Annually Disclose Police Officers Named in a High Number of Complaints December 2014 by the Chicago Council of Lawyers’ Civil Liberties Committee I. Recommendation. Consistent with the March 2014 ruling of the First District of the Illinois Appellate Court in Kalven v. City of Chicago,[1] Mayor Emanuel and the Chicago City Council should require… Continue Reading

Last week, the Chicago Tribune reported that Cook County Criminal Court Judge Gloria Chevere was re-assigned to a non-trial civil administration call, following a report that she was wrongly jailing defendants for contempt. The re-assignment order for Judge Chevere also assigns the Judge to a peer mentoring program within the court. Judge Chevere last ran… Continue Reading

I was a panelist on the November 20th episode of “In The Loop” on Channel 20 (PBS Chicago, WYCC) at 7:00pm CST. My co-panelists were former Public Defender of Cook County, Professor Randolph Stone and Commissioner John Fritchey.  The topic was reforming Cook County’s Bond Court. As we’ve discussed previously on this blog (1, 2,… Continue Reading

On November 4, 2014, voters in California changed yesterday’s felony drug possession into today’s misdemeanor.  Voters passed a significant ballot measure, Proposition 47, a criminal reform initiative to dramatically reduce the punishment for a variety of crimes. The passage of Proposition 47 made California the first state in the U.S. to downgrade certain “nonserious and… Continue Reading

If you are a subscriber to the Daily Law Bulletin, you have probably seen our letter in the Lawyer’s Forum concerning the Cook County Bond Court. We have reprinted it below for nonsubscribers. A wishlist for forthcoming bond court plan By Ali Abid and Malcolm Rich Ali Abid is a staff attorney and Malcolm Rich… Continue Reading

On October 2, 2014, the Supreme Court granted cert in Williams-Yulee v. The Florida Bar, examining the constitutionality under the First Amendment of a state ethical rule barring candidates for state judicial posts from personally soliciting campaign donations. Lanell Williams-Yulee was a candidate for county court judge in Hillsborough County in Florida. Canon 7 of… Continue Reading

Early voting has already started in Cook County and there are 101 judicial races: 27 vacancies, 73 retention elections and 1 new judicial seat. Voteforjudges.org—a non-partisan website founded by Chicago Appleseed and sponsored by the Committee to Elect Qualified Judges—collects the judicial evaluations from a variety of sources to provide voter education for judicial races…. Continue Reading

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