Tag: law

Post verdict: Marching for Trayvon Martin, slamming criminal justice system

After three weeks of highly sensationalized television coverage and two days of deliberation by a jury with only one person of color, the trial of George Zimmerman, charged in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin came to a close on Saturday night. The verdict: not guilty.  Less than two hours after the verdict was announced,... Read more »

Will Yarbrough turn Cook County Recorder of Deeds office into 'lean, mean machine'?

Will Yarbrough turn Cook County Recorder of Deeds office into 'lean, mean machine'?
With much of the attention focused recently on the contentious presidential, state and county races in Illinois–some of which still aren’t over–the uncontested ones predictably went largely unnoticed. The office of Cook County Recorder of Deeds was one of those races. The seat holder is in charge of keeping track of property records, countywide. Traditionally,... Read more »

Low-wage workers facing wage theft fall between the cracks at the Illinois Department of Labor

Illinois has a good standing among other states around the country in terms of wage-theft law. It is one of 30 states that have criminal penalties for unpaid wages and one of six states that allow workers to file complaints anonymously. Its standing is so good, in fact, that a 2011 report on wage-theft legislation... Read more »

News Roundup: Poverty on the rise in Chicago's suburbs

According to a new survey by the University of Chicago, the majority of Chicago suburbs suffered a 50 percent increase in the number of poor residents between 2000 and 2008. Suburban social service agencies are struggling to meet the swelling demand, especially in light of financial losses last year. Nonprofit donations are already more difficult... Read more »

Need a public defender? Better be prepared to pay up

Remember that part in the Miranda rights that says, “You have a right to an attorney. If you cannot afford an attorney, one will be provided for you…”? If you’ve watched enough cop shows, it’s pretty standard. More at chicagoreporter.com What you may not realize is that in Illinois, as well as 12 other states,... Read more »

News Roundup: McDonald's considers health care insurance cuts for hourly workers

Nearly 30,000 McDonald’s wage workers may lose their insurance benefits if federal regulators do not agree to waive a provision of the new heath care legislation. The stipulation under question forces companies that offer “mini-med” insurance plans to spend at least 80 percent of premiums on medical costs. In a memo to federal regulators, the... Read more »

Children doing adult time because of a law made over a century ago

Photo credit: banspy It was a time that women couldn’t vote. Scientists of the day used brain size and the first intelligence tests to determine that white people were biologically superior to all other races. People with mental illnesses were locked up in crude asylums, restrained to beds and given shock therapy in an attempt... Read more »