Illinois Supreme Court Unanimously Overturns the Country's Strictest Recording Ban

Jacob Sullum Reason Magazine 3/20/2014

Today the Illinois Supreme Court unanimously overturned that state’s draconian eavesdropping law, which makes it a felony to record public officials without their permission, even when they are performing their public duties. Two years ago the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit ruled that the law was […]

Another Blow for State's Anti-Eavesdropping Law

Michael Tarm Associated Press via ABC News 11/26/2012

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday delivered another blow to a 50-year-old anti-eavesdropping law in Illinois, choosing to let stand a lower court finding that key parts of the hotly debated law run counter to constitutional protections of free speech.

In that critical lower-court ruling in May, […]

Supreme Court Denies Review of Case Upholding a Daily Moment of Silence in IL Public Schools

Alan Sexton Green Mountain Scribes 10/19/2011

Chicago, IL – The United States Supreme Court has denied review of a case decided by a federal appeals court in Chicago last year that ruled a daily moment of silence as constitutional in public schools. This denial at the Supreme Court upholds the ruling, which allows students […]

Appeals court rules National Day of Prayer is Constitutional

Michael Winter USA Today 4/14/2011

Overturning a lower court, a federal appellate panel has ruled that the presidentially proclaimed National Day of Prayer is constitutional.

The three judges of the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the observation caused no harm to the Freedom From Religion Foundation, so the Madison, Wis.-based group had […]

Democracy Without Elections

It’s time for the courts to recognize the plain meaning of the 17th Amendment Steve Chapman August 13, 2009

The British Parliament consists of the House of Commons, which is elected by the people, and the House of Lords, which is not. How different that is from our Congress. We have the House of Representatives, […]