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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Medical Privacy During COVID-19

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, law enforcement agencies and other first responders across Illinois have sought to pierce the shield of privacy around personal medical information, specifically asking for lists of the names and addresses of people in our

May 20, 2020

Chicago v. Fulton

An unprecedented rise in civil and criminal fines and fees over the past three decades has propelled people into bankruptcy.

March 11, 2020

Butler v. Staes

We represent Jaylan Butler, a Black college swimmer for Eastern Illinois University, who was held at gun point and arrested without justification by multiple law enforcement officers. When his swim team’s travel bus stopped near a rest area on the way home f

February 3, 2020 Police Practices and Racial Justice