Jon Daniel’s home was raided last spring after he created the Twitter account that spoofed Peoria’s Mayor and included raunchy messages before it was suspended.
(Photo: Alex Rusicano/WCBU)
September 03, 2015

Peoria Settles Lawsuit Over Parody Twitter Account

The City of Peoria is paying $125,000 to a man who created a parody Twitter account of the city’s mayor.  The payment settles a federal lawsuit involving free speech and social media.

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.

Steven Salaita speaks during a news conference in Champaign in September.
(AP Photo/Seth Perlman, File)
June 12, 2015

Judge Orders U Of I To Release Salaita Emails

Since November, U of I has repeatedly denied the FOIA requests for the emails citing that producing the documents would be unduly burdensome. Salaita’s attorney Anand Swaminathan said the issue was never about burden, but rather about access.

a license plate scanner on top of a police car.
Garrett Brnger for Illinois Public Radio
April 25, 2015

Data Trackers: License Plate Scanning Technology Raises Privacy Questions

Automatic license plate readers, like many technologies available to law enforcement, offer power that police praise and civil rights advocates consider warily. ALPRs, as they’re known, can scan and record thousands of license plates every hour. 

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