Author Archive: Jacob Huebert

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    Illinois General Assembly revives recording ban

    Earlier this year, the Illinois Supreme Court struck down a state eavesdropping law that made it a crime for citizens to record conversations with police or anyone else without the other person’s permission. The court held that the old law “criminalize[d] a wide range of innocent conduct” and violated free-speech rights. In particular, the court noted the […]

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    Court: state employees’ constitutional rights are stronger than yours

    Should state employees receive stronger protection of their constitutional rights than the rest of us? That’s what one judge effectively said today in an order ruling that the modest reforms to Illinois’ pension systems enacted last year violate the state constitution’s pension clause, which says that “[m]embership in a pension or retirement system of the State . . . […]

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    Illinois general assembly won’t override veto of ridesharing bill

    There’s great news for fans of ridesharing services such as UberX and Lyft in Illinois: The General Assembly won’t override Gov. Pat Quinn’s veto of a bill that would have restricted those services’ ability to operate and their drivers’ ability to earn a living. But there’s also some not-so-great news: state legislators aren’t done trying to meddle in this […]