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Dec 07, 2013 Playing Pension Games (Fair Game)

QUOTE: Securities laws require issuers of municipal debt to provide the information investors need to make informed decisions when buying or selling these instruments. But lax disclosure practices remain, making it hard to spot signs of problems...

New York Times
Dec 09, 2012 Same-Sex Issue Pushes Justices Into Overdrive

QUOTE: The speed with which the court is moving has some gay rights advocates bracing for a split decision. The court could strike down the federal law, the Defense of Marriage Act, saying that the meaning of marriage is a matter for the states to decide. At the same time, it could reject the idea that the Constitution requires states to allow same-sex marriage, saying that the meaning of marriage is a matter for the states to decide....However the court rules in the California case, its very decision to consider it is a change from the caution of an earlier era.

New York Times
Jul 02, 2010 Illinois Stops Paying Its Bills, but Can’t Stop Digging Hole (Payback Time)

ABSTRACT: For the last few years, California stood more or less unchallenged as a symbol of the fiscal collapse of states during the recession. Now Illinois has shouldered to the fore, as its dysfunctional political class refuses to pay the state’s bills and refuses to take the painful steps — cuts and tax increases — to close a deficit of at least $12 billion, equal to nearly half the state’s budget.

New York Times
Mar 25, 2010 Duncan had VIP list of requests at Chicago schools

QUOTE: When he led the Chicago schools, Arne Duncan kept a list of all the big shots who asked for help in getting certain children into the city's best public schools....A spokesman said Wednesday that Duncan, who is now U.S. education secretary, used the list not to dole out rewards to insiders but to shield principals from political interference.

Washington Post
Dec 09, 2009 Supreme Court dismisses challenge to Illinois forfeiture law: The Supreme Court dismissed a case pitting innocent property owners against Chicago police and prosecutors who held seized autos and other property for years

QUOTE: The US Supreme Court on Tuesday handed a victory to the Cook County State's Attorney and the Chicago Police Department when the justices unanimously dismissed as moot a challenge to Illinois' controversial forfeiture law.

Christian Science Monitor
Oct 22, 2009 Research Uproar at a Cancer Clinic

QUOTE: community [research] centers may not always be adhering to the rigorous protocols of research medicine that the National Cancer Institute expects them to follow.

New York Times
Oct 01, 2009 Supreme Court decision may open up other gun laws to challenges

QUOTE: The Supreme Court's decision Wednesday to hear a 2nd Amendment challenge to Chicago's handgun ban could open the door to similar lawsuits in cities and states across the nation.

Los Angeles Times
Aug 10, 2009 Litigants become their own lawyers: Hiring an attorney isn't cheap, so these days more people are navigating the justice system themselves. But courtrooms can be tough for amateurs.

QUOTE: Legal service has never come cheap. But lawyers, judges and other experts say that for many people, the recession has made it a nearly impossible expense. So more litigants are navigating the often-bewildering justice system by themselves... But the trend still alarms many observers, who say courtrooms weren't made for amateurs.

Chicago Tribune
Jun 18, 2009 Federal Inquiry Into Blagojevich Turns to University Admissions

QUOTE: Federal prosecutors are trying to determine if former Gov. Rod R. Blagojevich and his allies used political muscle to influence student admissions at three state universities.

New York Times
Jun 10, 2009 Panel to Investigate Admissions at U. of Illinois

QUOTE: Gov. Patrick J. Quinn of Illinois appointed a panel on Wednesday to investigate accusations that the University of Illinois admitted hundreds of applicants based largely on their political connections.

New York Times
Jun 09, 2009 Illinois sues Crestwood over contaminated well

QUOTE: Crestwood [Illinois] Mayor Robert Stranczek and his father were sued in [Illinois] state court today and accused of repeatedly lying about their secret use of a community well contaminated with cancer-causing chemicals.

Chicago Tribune
Jan 08, 2009 Panel Recommends Impeaching Blagojevich

QUOTE: An investigative committee of the Illinois House voted unanimously Thursday to recommend the impeachment of Gov. Rod R. Blagojevich....“The governor believes that the proceedings were flawed, biased and did not follow the rules of law,”

New York Times
Dec 11, 2008 Illinois governor faces ultimatum

QUOTE: The attorney-general of Illinois has told under-fire state Governor Rod Blagojevich to quit or she will take legal action against him.

British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC)
Dec 09, 2008 Illinois Governor in Corruption Scandal

QUOTE: Gov. Rod R. Blagojevich of Illinois was arrested by federal authorities on Tuesday morning on corruption charges, including an allegation that he conspired to effectively sell President-elect Barack Obama’s seat in the United States Senate to the highest bidder.

New York Times
Oct 29, 2008 Long Arm of the Law: A Chicago cop is charged with lying about abuse.

QUOTE: a suit he filed alleging that he was tortured by detectives at the infamous Area 2 unit on Chicago's South Side. The commander of that unit was Jon Burge, a man whose name has long been linked to allegations of police brutality but who has gone uncharged for more than two decades—until earlier this month.

Nov 09, 2007 Some cities reach out to illegal immigrants: Addison, Ill. offers computer training and ESL classes.

QUOTE: While roughly two-thirds of immigrant-related ordinances enacted over the past 18 months have been hard on immigrants, in a handful of communities – particularly those with a longer history of immigrants – leaders are taking a different tack, and finding approaches to help immigrants integrate.

Christian Science Monitor
Nov 07, 2007 Students Call Protest Punishment Too Harsh

QUOTE: A school superintendent’s decision to suspend, and perhaps expel, about two dozen students who took part in a protest against the Iraq war at a suburban high school drew criticism Tuesday from the students and their parents, who demanded that their children be allowed to return to classes.

New York Times
Sep 28, 2007 Chicago's finest under fire for brutality

QUOTE: Between 2002 and 2004, for example, more than 10,000 complaints -- many of them involving brutality and assault -- were filed against Chicago police officers. Yet only 18 of them resulted in any meaningful disciplinary action, according to Craig Futterman, a lawyer who uncovered these statistics while researching a client's claim.

CNN (Cable News Network)
Aug 23, 2007 Pollution Fight Pits Illinois vs. BP, Indiana: Upgrade of Oil Refinery Would Discharge More Pollutants Into Lake Michigan

QUOTE: Illinois officials have accused their neighbors to the east of fouling the lake, which has grown steadily cleaner in recent years. Indiana officials say the planned discharge is within the federal limits and accuse their Illinois brethren of grandstanding.

Washington Post
Jul 16, 2007 Black's conviction presents latest deterrent against CEO misdeeds: Former Hollinger CEO Conrad Black was convicted on three counts of mail fraud plus obstructing justice.

QUOTE: The message of the Enron era is still resonating for top executives: If you defraud your company, you could pay a big price. A jury in Chicago amplified that warning Friday, convicting newspaper publisher Conrad Black of looting his media empire and carting away evidence.

Christian Science Monitor
Sep 12, 2006 EEOC Seeks Key Testimony in Sidley Austin Age Discrimination Suit

QUOTE: Sidley has denied having such a policy in the face of an EEOC suit claiming the Chicago-based law firm discriminated against 31 partners on the basis of age when it demoted them to counsel in 1999.
Sep 11, 2006 Wal-Mart cheers 'big box' wage veto

QUOTE: Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley on Monday vetoed a "living wage" ordinance that would force big-box retailers like Wal-Mart and Target to increase their hourly pay and other benefits.

CNN (Cable News Network)
Sep 08, 2006 Why Is Chicago So Corrupt? And how do you measure corruption, anyway?

QUOTE: What makes Chicago so corrupt? City government experts point to a political culture that's been in place for more than 100 years.

Jul 20, 2006 Inquiry Finds Police Abuse, but Says Law Bars Trials

QUOTE: scores of criminal suspects were routinely brutalized by police officers on the South Side of Chicago in the 1970’s and 1980’s, but that extensive legal research persuaded them there was no way to skirt the statute of limitations preventing prosecution.

New York Times
Jul 19, 2006 Report on Chicago Police Torture Is Released

QUOTE: Special prosecutors said today that scores of criminal suspects were routinely tortured by police officers on the South Side in the 1970’s and 1980’s, but that extensive legal research convinced them that there was no way to skirt the statute of limitations preventing prosecution.

New York Times
Jul 07, 2006 Chicago Officials Convicted in Patronage Arrangement

QUOTE: the jury...agreed with the federal government's argument that [Chicago's--Ed.] longtime practice of awarding jobs and promotions to politically connected candidates and campaign workers was a crime.

New York Times
Jun 24, 2006 Terror Suspects Had No Explosives And Few Contacts: Sears Tower Plan Never Finished, Authorities Say

QUOTE: ..."a homegrown terrorist cell" that planned to blow up Chicago's Sears Tower...The case underscores the murkiness that has been common to many of the government's terrorism-related prosecutions since the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, cases that often hinge on ill-formed plots or debatable connections to terrorism.

Washington Post
May 15, 2006 Trial Is a Test for Chicago's Mayor, Too: City Hall Patronage Will Be in Spotlight as Prosecution of Aide Begins

QUOTE: To reward the well-connected few, Sorich and his colleagues allegedly rigged city tests, arranged sham interviews and elevated the favorites over the merely qualified.

Washington Post
May 14, 2006 Entire Town Is Listed as Endangered

QUOTE: Forty-seven old houses have been demolished in little more than a decade...a lone protester held up a hand-lettered sign: "Kenilworth is a community, not a museum."

Washington Post
Feb 01, 2006 Navigating the Maze: U.S. Court Opens Do-It-Yourself Help Desk

QUOTE: ...the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois in Chicago has launched a program to provide free legal assistance for people in filing pro se federal lawsuits.

Washington Post
Jan 06, 2006 Corruption Scandal Loosening Mayor Daley's Grip on Chicago

QUOTE: ...Mr. Daley, the country's longest-serving big-city mayor whose staggering margins in four re-elections earned him the name originally bestowed on his father, the legendary political boss Richard J. Daley - Mayor for Life. But mired for months in the most difficult stretch of his mayoralty and with a ballooning corruption scandal swirling ever closer to his City Hall suite, Mr. Daley has lost some of his political luster.

New York Times
Dec 16, 2005 Court Overturns $10 Billion Verdict Against Philip Morris

QUOTE: ...the Illinois Supreme Court reversed a $10.1 billion lower-court verdict that held the company, and its parent, Altria Group Inc., liable for allegedly misleading consumers about the risk of developing cancer from smoking its "light" cigarettes.

Washington Post
Nov 18, 2005 Gramm Denies Paying for Support

QUOTE: Former senator Phil Gramm of Texas said Thursday that he never would have approved thousands of dollars in consulting fees to win an endorsement from fellow Republican George Ryan, a former Illinois governor charged with skimming money from state business.

Washington Post
Nov 05, 2005 Lost innocence: False charge altered boys' lives

QUOTE: This was not the first time children have been wrongly accused or confessed to something they didn't do. But the case offers a rare glimpse into how it can happen -- what detectives may say and do behind closed doors...

CNN (Cable News Network)
Aug 29, 2005 Racial Profiling Stats Uncovered

QUOTE: "police were more likely to use force against a black (2.7 percent) or Hispanic (2.4 percent) driver than a white (0.8 percent) driver."....Lawrence A. Greenfeld, the Bush appointee who heads the Bureau of Justice Statistics, wanted to publicize the racial disparities found in the study but was overruled by his superiors.

Washington Post
Aug 17, 2004 Illinois to Help Residents Buy Drugs From Canada, and Afar

QUOTE: Opening a new front in the fight over the cost of prescription drugs, Gov. Rod R. Blagojevich of Illinois is preparing to help residents of his state buy cheaper medicines from Britain and Ireland, as well as Canada.

New York Times
Jan 28, 2003 'Illinois Miracle' Disputed After Child-Abuse Cases

QUOTE: Six adults were arrested and 12 children taken to emergency shelters this weekend in two incidents that horrified the authorities and renewed criticism of Illinois' child-welfare system...

New York Times
Jan 24, 2003 Suit Says Chicago Housing Renewal Plan Perpetuates Segregation

QUOTE: A lawsuit was filed against the Chicago Housing Authority today on behalf of thousands of public housing residents who say they were steered to mostly black, high-crime and impoverished neighborhoods...

New York Times
Jan 18, 2003 Church lawyers say zoning unfair

QUOTE: Chicago's zoning code is unconstitutional because it discriminates against houses of worship...limits houses of worship to residential zones...

Chicago Sun-Times
Jan 11, 2003 Governor assails system's errors as he empties Illinois death row

QUOTE: Condemning the capital punishment system as fundamentally flawed and unfair, Gov. George Ryan commuted all Illinois death sentences today to prison terms of life or less...

New York Times
Oct 16, 2002 On Trial in Illinois: The Death Penalty: Review Board Faces Basic Issues in Clemency Hearings for 142 Inmates

QUOTE: ...launched an unprecedented and controversial series of back-to-back clemency hearings for most of the state's 159 death row inmates in a system that has been described as so flawed that it risks executing an innocent man.

Washington Post
Jan 17, 2002 Justices Hold Hearing in Case Concerning Patients' Rights

QUOTE: ...the spotlight moved to the Supreme Court today for an argument on whether states have the authority to require an independent medical review of a health maintenance organization's refusal to pay for a covered service.

New York Times
Aug 22, 2001 Two Accused of Staging Mercury Contamination

QUOTE: Homeowners in northeastern Illinois had already been fretting about possible mercury leaks from a local gas company's meters, and the discovery of the toxic silvery beads inside the Fritz home last September seemed to confirm the worst fears.

New York Times
Jul 27, 2001 Many States Ceding Regulations to Church Groups

QUOTE: ...religious organizations have been seeking and winning exemptions from other areas of the law, from land-use regulations to health requirements, like immunization.

New York Times