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August 07, 2015

U of I Omits, Then Includes, Personal Emails To Fulfill FOIA Requests

Emails regarding university business that were sent on private email accounts are finally being released, after they were omitted from FOIA requests regarding controversial issues from the Steven Salaita case to the new medical school at the Urbana campus.

Steven Salaita speaks at the University YMCA.
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August 06, 2015

Judge Rules That Salaita Lawsuit Against U of I Can Proceed

A federal judge has rejected a request by the U of I to dismiss Steven Salaita's lawsuit against the university, but dismissed four of the nine counts. Salaita is suing the university, for withdrawing his faculty appointment after he sent out a series of sometimes profane Twitter messages critical of Israel.

Mick Dumke of the Chicago Reader
July 27, 2015

How Public Should The Governor’s Schedule Be?

Governor Bruce Rauner campaigned on a message of transparency. But now his lawyers are fighting attempts to disclose who he's meeting with -- sections of his schedule have been blocked.

Chicago Reader senior journalist Mick Dumke  would know -- he's tried to access that information.

5th district appellate court building
"5th District Appellate Court" by Robert Lawton - Self-photographed. Licensed under CC BY 2.5 via Wikimedia Commons
July 24, 2015

Court: Illinois Employees Should Be Paid During Budget Standoff

An Illinois appellate court has upheld a county judge's decision that state employees should get full pay even during the state's budget crisis. 

In this March 15, 2012 file photo, former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich waves as he departs his Chicago home for Littleton, Colo., to begin his 14-year prison sentence on corruption charges.
(AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast, File)
July 21, 2015

Court Overturns Some Blagojevich Convictions

An appeals court Tuesday threw out five of the twelve counts against the former governor.  It's not immediately clear whether it means it will reduce his 14 year sentence.

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