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Death Penalty Protestors Making Progress

posted Mar 23, 2011, 4:57 PM by Laura Smith

Supporters of the death penalty are seeking to reinstate the capital punishment. The group has won House Committee approval of measures that could reinstate the punishment by providing citizens a vote on either a total ban or allowing prosecutors to seeking the death penalty in certain first degree murder cases. The Bill will now move to the full Illinois House of Representatives.

Previous to Governor Quinn's signing of the ban into law, Governor Ryan issued a moratorium on the death penalty in 2000. At that time, it came to light that 13 men has been wrongly convicted and sentenced to death.

Read the whole story here.

Illinois Death Penalty Abolished

posted Mar 16, 2011, 4:52 PM by Laura Smith

Governor Pat Quinn signed into law a Bill that would abolish the death penalty in Illinois. The Bill does not go into effect until July 2, 2011; however, Quinn has commuted all pending death penalty executions and has publicly promised to commute any death penalty executions that arise between now and the July 1st effective date. Quinn acknowledged that Illinois' death penalty system isn't fail safe and justified the Bill with that reasoning.

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Neglected Rape Kits To Be Tested

posted Feb 21, 2011, 11:26 AM by Laura Smith   [ updated Feb 21, 2011, 11:31 AM by Laura Smith ]

A new law in Illinois now requires the testing of every rape kit. Previously, rape kits could be neglected and forgotten by the Police Department. However, now the Police Department is required to turn over the rape kit for testing within 10 days of collecting it. This now means that there is a large backlog of rape kits that previously went untested; however the State will be required to come current on the roughly 4,000 rape kits that were neglected.

Read the whole story here.

Rahm Emanuel Will Appear On Ballot

posted Jan 27, 2011, 4:20 PM by Laura Smith   [ updated Jan 27, 2011, 4:22 PM by Laura Smith ]

The Illinois Supreme Court unanimously decided today that Rahm Emanuel's name will appear on the February ballot. The Supreme Court reversed the Court of Appeals and found that Emanuel met the residency requirements.

Read the whole story here.

Illinois Supreme Court Puts Emanuel On Ballot For Now

posted Jan 26, 2011, 10:45 AM by Laura Smith   [ updated Jan 26, 2011, 10:49 AM by Laura Smith ]

The Illinois Supreme Court has ordered that Rahm Emanuel's name be kept on the ballot, at least temporarily. The Supreme Court has agreed to expedite the review of Emanuel's residency dispute, which means the Court will quickly make a decision as to whether Rahm Emanuel's name should remain on the Ballot for the February 22, 2011 election.

Read the whole story here.

Rahm Emanuel Not Eligible To Run For Mayor

posted Jan 24, 2011, 1:28 PM by Laura Smith   [ updated Jan 24, 2011, 1:37 PM by Laura Smith ]

The Illinois Court of Appeals ordered Rahm Emanuel's name to be excluded from the February 22, 2011 ballot of the Chicago mayoral election. In reversing the Cook Count Circuit Court and the Chicago Board of Elections, the Court of Appeals held that Rahm Emanuel did not fulfill the residency requirements set forth by Illinois Municipal Code. The issue will likely be appealed to the Illinois Supreme Court.

Read the Court's opinion here.

Appeal Rejected By Supreme Court

posted Jan 19, 2011, 11:18 AM by Laura Smith   [ updated Jan 19, 2011, 11:43 AM by Laura Smith ]

Gary Peel, a former attorney convicted of child pornography, sought review by the Supreme Court of his conviction arguing that there was no federal law against child pornography at the time that he took nude pictures of his 16-year old sister-in-law in 1974. The United States Supreme Court, without comment, declined to take the appeal.

Read the whole story here.

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