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You Can Record Police in Illinois

Kwame Raoul | Posted 12.17.2014 | Chicago
Kwame Raoul

You have the right to remain silent. You have the right to an attorney. And in Illinois, you have the right to record police officers. By all means, exercise your right to record. Keep the cameras rolling. Our democracy depends on it.

Public Pension Issue Poses Liability Worries

AP | MICHAEL GORMLEY | Posted 08.25.2013 | Politics

ALBANY, N.Y. -- As a lobbyist in New York's statehouse, Stephen Acquario is doing pretty well. He pulls down $204,000 a year, more than the governor m...

Video: Lawmakers get testy with Quinn on pensions; Mell: political power as family heirloom; Google buzz on 2014 gov candidates

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 09.08.2013 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

LAWMAKERS TO QUINN: WHERE ARE YOU? Both Republicans and Democrats on a 10-member special pension committee teed off on Gov. Pat Quinn Monday. More acc...

Numbers stacking up big for Madigan's pension bill

Reboot Illinois | Posted 07.29.2013 | Chicago
Reboot Illinois

We covered the background of Illinois' budget- and state economy-crushing pension crisis in our last post, but with the Illinois General Assembly scheduled to adjourn at the end of Friday, things are changing quickly.

State Lawmakers To Try For Pension Reform Again In New Assembly

AP | JOHN O'CONNOR and SARA BURNETT | Posted 03.11.2013 | Chicago

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — New day. New lawmakers. Same old pension-reform dispute. Illinois legislators failed to deliver a solution Tuesday to a bal...

Illinois Eavesdropping Bill Advances With Provisions That Favor The Public

Posted 05.25.2012 | Chicago

Updated story While it's too late to make the pathway any clearer for police oversight during Chicago's NATO Summit, a proposal that would amend th...

Where In The World Is Derrick Smith?

Posted 03.29.2012 | Chicago

Derrick Smith, the Illinois state representative indicted early this month on a federal corruption charge has kept a low profile since both his arrest...

Lawsuit: Cop Assaulted, Discriminated Against Man Over Video

Posted 02.17.2012 | Chicago

A Chicago man has filed a civil rights lawsuit against the city of Chicago and three of its police officers over an August 2011 incident where police ...

Woman Alleges She Was Wrongly Arrested For Violating State's Eavesdropping Law

Posted 01.16.2012 | Chicago

A woman acquitted last fall of violating Illinois's eavesdropping law after recording Chicago Police officers discouraging her from filing a complaint...

'Torches and Pitchforks': ComEd Customers Still Seething

Posted 10.17.2011 | Chicago

A public hearing held by ComEd in north suburban Highland Park was intended to address the summer's widespread power outages in the Chicagoland area i...