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Illinois Supreme Court strikes down eavesdropping law

Today the Illinois Supreme Court struck down the state’s “eavesdropping” law, which had been widely criticized as the most unfair, overbroad law of its kind in the country. Under Illinois state law, recording someone else’s words without his or her consent was a felony. The law was supposedly intended to protect people’s private conversations, which

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    Update: The taxi cartel’s attacks on ridesharing in Chicago

    Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel has backed off a proposal that would have hobbled or destroyed ridesharing services such as uberX and Lyft in Chicago – for now, at least. And when the taxi lobby turned to the Illinois General Assembly for help, they proposed a ridesharing bill full of provisions that would harm consumers and ridesharing drivers [...]

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    Dick Durbin’s ‘candy-flavored’ addiction

    Sen. Dick Durbin, long known for his anti-smoking campaigns, released a new report Monday alleging that e-cigarette companies target youth smokers, and then proposing a new set of Food and Drug Administration regulations for the products. Durbin’s 40-page report urges a slew of restrictions on e-cigarette marketing and sales. Durbin commented upon release of the paper that: “E-cigarettes are [...]

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    Tell your legislators now to save UberX and Lyft in Chicago!

    The taxi lobby has been trying to get Chicago to destroy ridesharing services like UberX and Lyft, but it hasn’t worked because the services are just too popular in the city. So now the taxi industry has turned to Springfield for help crushing the competition, and it looks like state legislators might be about to give them what they [...]