The Illinois State Capitol building in Springfield, Ill.
(Brian Mackey/IPR)
May 02, 2014

Motion Filed To Put Pension Law On Hold

A court is being asked to prevent any aspect of Illinois' pension overhaul from taking effect, until it's decided whether the law is constitutional. 


Bruce Smith, the the dean of the University of Illinois College of Law.
(University of Illinois)
May 01, 2014

University Of Illinois Law School Dean Stepping Down

The dean of the University of Illinois College of Law is stepping down after a tenure that saw the school investigated for using inflated grades and entrance-exam scores to boost its reputation.


In this Oct. 16, 2013 file photo, marijuana clone plants that are used to grow medical marijuana are displayed under a light at a medical marijuana cooperative in Seattle.
(Ted S. Warren/AP)
April 29, 2014

Illinois Lawmakers Call For Pot Task Force

As the state of Illinois drafts rules for medical marijuana, Cook County Commissioner John Fritchey wants lawmakers to open up the discussion for recreational pot use.


April 23, 2014

TB Patient Jailed In Piatt County

Local health officials say a Champaign man with tuberculosis who failed to comply with a court ordered quarantine is now jailed in Piatt County.


April 22, 2014

Study: Minority Kids Hit Hardest By Illinois Law

A state lawmaker opposes eliminating the automatic transfer of juveniles charged with serious crimes to adult court.  Meanwhile, a group says Illinois' 32-year-old law requiring juveniles accused of the most serious crimes to be charged as adults may be discriminatory.


President Obama signs the Fair Sentencing Act in 2010, as Attorney General Eric Holder and a bipartisan group of senators look on.
(Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP)
April 21, 2014

Obama Seeks Wider Authority To Release Drug Offenders

Attorney General Eric Holder announced Monday that the Obama administration is formulating new rules that would give it, and the president, far more latitude to pardon or reduce the sentences of thousands of drug offenders serving long federal prison sentences.


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