The court ruled that the eavesdropping law was unconstitutional. “The statute appears to be vague, restrictive and makes innocent conduct subject to prosecution,” an order from the court stated. Also, the statute “lacks a culpable mental state, subjects wholly innocent conduct to prosecution, and violates substantive due process” under both the United States and Illinois constitutions.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Thursday March 20, 2014 12:15 pm|
|By: DSWright Wednesday March 19, 2014 10:50 am|
An attempt to ban fracking in Johnson County, Illinois has failed by a 58-42 vote after the only two newspapers in the country refused to run advertisements from those supporting the initiative. According to the group Southern Illinoisans Against Fracturing our Environment (SAFE) Johnson County’s only two newspapers – The Goreville Gazette and The Vienna Times – refused to run advertisements promoting the fracking ban.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Tuesday February 11, 2014 12:06 pm|
Few terrorism cases are lost by the government prosecutors in the United States, whether at the federal level or, in rare instances, at the state level. However, last week, a jury came to a verdict in the “NATO 3″ trial that acquitted three young men of all the terrorism charges they had faced.
It was a huge defeat for Illinois State’s Attorney of Cook County, Anita Alvarez
|By: Kevin Gosztola Saturday February 8, 2014 7:45 am|
A jury found the “NATO 3″ not guilty of all state terrorism charges including material support for terrorism, conspiracy to commit terrorism and possession and manufacturing of an incendiary device with the intent to commit terrorism. They were found not guilty of possessing an incendiary device with the intention to commit arson and not guilty of solicitation of arson. It was a huge victory for defense attorneys in the case.
However, the three men were found guilty of possessing an incendiary device to commit arson, a charge that carries a sentence of up to 30 years in prison. They also were found guilty of possessing an incendiary device with the knowledge that it would be used to commit arson and found guilty of lesser mob action charges, which jurors were able to select if they did not want to find the “NATO 3″ guilty of terrorism.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Friday February 7, 2014 9:00 am|
The jury in the trial of the “NATO 3″ in Chicago is now deliberating after nearly three weeks of proceedings. They face charges that include material support for terrorism, conspiracy to commit terrorism, possession of an incendiary device, solicitation to commit arson. The jury will decide whether the three young men are what Illinois state prosecutors believe they are: “terrorists.”
|By: Alvin McEwen Thursday November 21, 2013 2:33 pm|
There are times when you must admit that you have lost and fade away with a smidgen of dignity.
|By: Laurel Ramseyer Tuesday November 5, 2013 5:00 pm|
Today the Illinois state House passed the Religious Freedom and Marriage Fairness Act (SB 10) on a vote of 61-54. The Illinois state Senate passed the bill in February on a vote of 34 to 21.
|By: Laurel Ramseyer Monday June 3, 2013 7:15 pm|
In an email claiming credit for stalling the Illinois marriage equality bill, National Organization for Marriage’s Brian Brown stated today that “NOM put everything we had into this fight”. However, “everything” was reportedly only $125,000, according to NOM’s own emails and blog post as well as blog posts from another anti-gay organization focused on this debate.
|By: Laurel Ramseyer Friday May 31, 2013 6:23 pm|
This evening the Illinois state House ended the year’s legislative session without calling the Religious Freedom and Marriage Fairness Act (SB 10) to a vote. The next time that the marriage equality bill could be considered will be this November.
|By: Steve Horn Thursday May 30, 2013 6:08 pm|
The shale gas industry has performed the “shock doctrine” at the 11th hour of the 2013 Illinois State Legislature’s debateover hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”), the toxic horizontal drllling process through which oil and gas is obtained from shale rock basins nationwide.