March 14, 2013

Eavesdropping Bill Advances to Illinois House

An Illinois legislative committee approved a measure this week to update the state’s eavesdropping law. The bill would allow police officers to audio record people without their consent using newer technology.

March 13, 2013

Illinois Governor Wants Appeal of Concealed Carry Ruling

Gov. Pat Quinn said Wednesday that he wants the Illinois attorney general to appeal a federal court ruling that the state's last-in-the-nation concealed carry ban is unconstitutional, a move that would take it before the U.S. Supreme Court.

gun shop
(Keith Srakocic/AP)
March 12, 2013

Senate Panel OKs Dems Gun Background Check Bill

A divided Senate Judiciary Committee approved a Democratic bill Tuesday expanding required federal background checks to nearly all gun purchases, giving President Barack Obama an early victory on curbing gun violence in a fight that still faces difficult odds.

California same-sex couple gets married
(Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP)
March 01, 2013

Administration Asks Supreme Court To End Calif. Gay-Marriage Ban

The Obama administration has filed a friend of the court brief urging the United States Supreme Court to strike down California's ban on gay marriage. The government is arguing that the state's ban on gay marriage should be struck down as a denial of "equal protection under the law," but it does not call for the abolition of all state bans on same-sex marriage.

 People wait in line outside the Supreme Court in Washington, Wednesday, Feb. 27,2013, to listen to oral arguments in the Shelby County, Ala., v. Holder voting rights case.
(Evan Vucci/AP)
February 27, 2013

Supreme Court Weighs Future Of Voting Rights Act

Once again, race is front and center at the U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday. And once again, the bull's eye is the 1965 Voting Rights Act, widely viewed as the most effective and successful civil rights legislation in American history. Upheld five times by the court, the law now appears to be on life support.

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