February 16, 2011 9:08 pm | By Ed Yohnka, Director of Communications & Public Policy
For more than a decade, the American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois has worked tirelessly to improve conditions for the young people held at the Cook County Juvenile Temporary Detention Center (JTDC), one of the largest juvenile detention centers in the country. The JTDC long has been recognized as a dangerous, violent, filthy and overcrowded place. Court-appointed experts and monitors in this case found numerous examples of staff acting out violently against the youth detained at the facility; other experts found the facility to be unsanitary -- with rodents and pests present throughout the JTDC; and, the children were simply not cared for -- including having to wear dirty clothes and underwear for days on end.
February 15, 2011 8:51 pm | By Colleen Connell, Executive Director
We are thrilled to welcome you to the new online home of the ACLU of Illinois. Our new website will dramatically increase your access to our issues and give us new opportunities to communicate with you and mobilize support for civil liberties across the State. We hope you enjoy our new look!
January 27, 2011 6:31 pm | Posted by Allie Carter
Protests and demonstrations often are aimed at an audience that would strongly prefer not to hear the message. For example, the First Amendment protects the right of labor unions to... Continue reading
ACLU of Illinois, medical groups ask court to protect vulnerable teens from “unfortunate” legislation
January 20, 2011 5:28 pm | Posted by Allie Carter
On January 18th, the ACLU of Illinois Reproductive Rights Project and a bevy of professional medical organizations joined together to ask the Illinois Court of Appeals to strike down the Illinois Parental Notification Act of 1995.
January 20, 2011 10:52 am | By Ed Yohnka, Director of Communications & Public Policy
Randy Steidl is one of 20 men who’ve been exonerated and released from Illinois’ death row in recent years. Last Tuesday, he and I sat just a few feet apart... Continue reading
January 19, 2011 6:22 pm | By Allie Carter, Senior Field Manager
The latest copy of the Illinois Brief, the ACLU of Illinois’ quarterly newsletter, is available for download. This issue covers important current issues like civil unions, repeal of the death... Continue reading
January 13, 2011 9:25 am | By Ed Yohnka, Director of Communications & Public Policy
Cross-posted at the Blog of Rights On Tuesday, January 11, the Illinois Senate acted to address a national embarrassment for the state — our failed death penalty system. By a... Continue reading
January 11, 2011 3:05 pm | By Ed Yohnka, Director of Communications & Public Policy
Springfield, IL – Just a few minutes ago, the Illinois Senate approved Senate Bill 3539 — ending the broken death penalty system in Illinois. With the earlier House action approving... Continue reading
January 10, 2011 10:42 am | By Ed Yohnka, Director of Communications & Public Policy
On Thursday afternoon, the Illinois House of Representatives was a raucous place — with talk of a deal on a tax increase, Medicaid reform and proposed budget cuts all sweeping... Continue reading
January 7, 2011 3:15 pm | By Ed Yohnka, Director of Communications & Public Policy
January 6, 2010 6:40 p.m. – Springfield, IL – Just a few minutes ago, after an initial vote failed, the Illinois House voted to end Illinois’ expensive, broken death penalty... Continue reading