Portrait of Suja Thomas
University of Illinois
September 28, 2016

Decline Of Jury Trials Harmful, According To U Of I Professor

The right to a criminal trial by jury is spelled out in the United States Constitution, both in Article Three, and in the Sixth Amendment.  Despite the right to a trial by jury, fewer than five percent of criminal cases filed in court are actually decided by a jury.  And that’s a problem, according to University of Illinois law professor Suja Thomas. 

Mike Frerichs
(Sean Powers/WILL)
August 26, 2016

New Law Makes Insurance Companies Find, Pay Beneficiaries

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner has signed legislation to force insurance companies to locate beneficiaries of unclaimed life insurance policies and pay them money they're owed. Democratic Treasurer Michael Frerichs says his office has identified more than $550 million in unpaid benefits owed to Illinois residents.

Bruce Rauner
Amanda Vinicky/IPR
August 13, 2016

Rauner Vetoes Automatic Voter Registration Bill

Gov. Bruce Rauner has vetoed legislation to allow automatic voter registration in Illinois. The Republican vetoed the plan Friday. He says he wants additional safeguards to ensure that those signed up to vote are eligible.

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