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When a new employee is fingerprinted for a job in Illinois, the employer receives a snapshot of their criminal record, and they receive notifications for any future run-ins with the law in the state. But lawmakers are considering a proposal that would also allow employers to be notified of convictions that happen across state lines.

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The American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois is accusing a northern Illinois high school of discriminating against a small group of pro-gun students.

The ACLU sent a letter to Rockton’s Hononegah High School this week, just as many students nationwide are planning school walkouts.

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Illinois lawmakers Wednesday took a step closer to establishing state net neutrality rules before the federal regulations expire later this month. The Illinois proposal advanced out of a House committee and will be discussed by the General Assembly. But — there’s still confusion about consumer protections and the legality of the legislation.

Cable and internet service providers say they have already pledged their support for net neutrality — and the General Assembly getting involved is unnecessary.

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Illinois is joining several states scrambling to keep net neutrality protections before the federal repeal date of April 23.  Some Illinois legislators say they still have time to act with a plan before that deadline.

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With more student protests expected after the shooting in Parkland, Fla., the American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois is encouraging schools to "nurture your students’ efforts to learn for themselves about participatory democracy."

In an open letter published Monday, the civil liberties group suggests excusing absences for students who demonstrate.

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In 2015 the state of Illinois was forced to largely eliminate solitary confinement in youth prisons. Now, the American Civil Liberties Union says guards at the Illinois Youth Center in Harrisburg have come up with an even worse substitution: charges and, consequently, some long sentences for kids committing minor infractions.

 

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A progress report filed in federal court shows that Illinois' child welfare agency has slowly made "incremental" improvements, but concerns linger about the impact of the state's budget impasse and a "revolving door" of leadership.

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A new study shows that Illinois law enforcement confiscated more than $319 million in cash and property from individuals over the past 10 years, using a system that doesn't require convictions to validate the forfeitures.

The Chicago Tribune reports the American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois and the Illinois Policy Institute recently released a report in which researchers explain financial incentives for police departments and local prosecutors to seize personal property from the public.

Days after terrorists struck Paris, France, last November, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence placed a ban on Syrian refugees from being resettled in the state.

The American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana sought an injunction against the ban, stating Pence doesn’t have the authority to do that.

 

ACLU’s attorney Ken Falk made the same argument Wednesday at a federal court in Chicago.   

 

ACLU Report: Racial Bias in Illinois Traffic Stops

Aug 13, 2014
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An American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois report released today found evidence of racial bias in data collected in 2013 about police consent searches during routine traffic stops.

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The latest ruling by a federal judge on same-sex marriage is giving a boost to supporters in Illinois. A spokesman for the American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois calls a recent decision allowing an Ohio couple’s same-sex marriage to stand “incredibly humane.”