One of the main ways the ACLU of Illinois works to protect civil liberties and civil rights is through litigation. Litigation remains one of the fundamental tools with which our adept legal team fights for equality and civil rights throughout the state.  This section of our website documents the cases we’re working on now and those we’ve handled in recent years.

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Harlan v. Scholz

The ACLU has advocated for years to improve access to the ballot box for all persons.  A significant step forward in this area in Illinois came when the State adopted and implemented Election Day registration (EDR).  Following a pilot, the new system was set to be used statewide for the November

October 16, 2016 Voting Rights

Parents and Students for Privacy v. District 211

The American Civil Liberties Union, the ACLU of Illinois, and Mayer Brown LLP represent three students their parents, along with the Illinois Safe School Alliance, in a case about public schools requirements to allow students who are transgender to use the restroom and locker room appropriate for

May 26, 2016 LGBTQ and HIV Advocacy

Daniel v. Peoria

We represented Peoria resident Jon Daniel, the subject at the center of what came to be known as “Twittergate” in that community. In March 2014, Mr. Daniel began a Twitter account — @Peoriamayor — that presented a series of satirical tweets using informal language, slang and even expletives.

July 28, 2014 First Amendment Advocacy

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