Law

Oct
26
Judge sets final ground rules for Rittenhouse trial evidence

Judge sets final ground rules for Rittenhouse trial evidence

The hearing was likely the last before Rittenhouse goes on trial Nov. 1 for the shootings during chaotic demonstrations in Kenosha on Aug. 25, 2020.
3 min read
Oct
25
North Carolina man identified as victim of John Wayne Gacy

North Carolina man identified as victim of John Wayne Gacy

Over 4 decades later, authorities are still working to unravel the horrors that John Wayne Gacy committed in the Chicago area.
4 min read
Oct
21
Illinois Supreme Court tosses county tax on guns, ammunition

Illinois Supreme Court tosses county tax on guns, ammunition

Supreme Court Justice Mary Jane Theis wrote in a 6-0 decision that the taxes violate the constitution’s uniformity clause. She noted revenue from the tax isn't directed toward funds or programs to curb the costs of gun violence or reduce the violence.
2 min read
Oct
16
Illinois NAACP chapter files lawsuit alleging racial bias in new Democrat drawn redistricting maps

Illinois NAACP chapter files lawsuit alleging racial bias in new Democrat drawn redistricting maps

Filed Friday, the lawsuit says race played a role in the redistricting of House District 114. The plaintiffs say the new map jeopardizes the prospects of a candidate preferred by Black voters, and is an effort to undermine and disenfranchise the Black electorate.
1 min read
Oct
15
Judge firms up trial date for Jussie Smollett, won't dismiss case

Judge firms up trial date for Jussie Smollett, won't dismiss case

The case was revived when a special prosecutor charged Smollett with disorderly conduct over the police reports. The actor has pleaded not guilty.
2 min read
Oct
15
Illinois Democrats look to increase edge with new House maps

Illinois Democrats look to increase edge with new House maps

Democrats hold supermajorities in both chambers of the Legislature, making passage of their plan all but certain. And Pritzker, a Democrat, already has approved new legislative maps drawn by politicians despite a promise on the campaign trail not to do so.
4 min read
Oct
06
Force expert: Rittenhouse decisions to shoot were reasonable

Force expert: Rittenhouse decisions to shoot were reasonable

The expert, John Black, spent hours outlining the moments that led to Kyle Rittenhouse's decisions to shoot Joseph Rosenbaum, Anthony Huber and Gaige Grosskreutz, offering a preview of the defense team's strategy when Rittenhouse's trial begins next month.
4 min read
Oct
04
7 passengers on derailed train sue Amtrak, BNSF Railway

7 passengers on derailed train sue Amtrak, BNSF Railway

The lawsuits allege negligence in failing to prevent the derailment and seek damages for injuries and psychological trauma suffered when the train went off the tracks. They also seek to challenge a mandatory arbitration agreement Amtrak put in effect in January 2019.
2 min read