February 23, 2011 9:53 pm | By Khadine Bennett, Legislative Counsel
HB 1371 – School Choice Act House Sponsor: Representative Ford HB 1371 would allow public schools to pay taxpayer funds to private religious schools, by means of tuition vouchers to... Continue reading
February 22, 2011 8:42 pm | Posted by Maura Ross
In a week filled with devastating attacks on women’s rights and access to reproductive health services for men, women, and teens, at least one good thing happened. On Friday, the... Continue reading
February 22, 2011 7:56 pm | Posted by Allie Carter
Ben Wolf, Associate Legal Director and Director of the Institutionalized Persons Project and Children’s Initiative will named “Public Citizen of the Year” by the National Association of Social Worker’s Chicago... Continue reading
February 18, 2011 10:00 am | Posted by Allie Carter
A petition signed by 500 supporters of the ACLU’s call for a moratorium on the placement of new surveillance cameras was mailed to Chicago mayoral candidates this afternoon. The petition... Continue reading
February 17, 2011 9:56 pm | By Ed Yohnka, Director of Communications & Public Policy
This morning, the ACLU of Illinois participated in an argument before a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit in our case seeking to improve... Continue reading
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