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The Daily Law Bulletin Covers Judicial Elections in their Law Day IssueThe Chicago Daily Law Bulletin examined the issue of money in judicial elections in their annual Law Day issue last Sunday, April 26th. Staff Attorney Elizabeth Monkus was among the people interviewed for the article, which was framed around the Williams-Yulee case, which was still pending in the Supreme Court at the time of the article. The case was decided [more]
Chicago Sun-Times Editorial Supporting Field Testing Bill  Today the Chicago Sun-Times issued an editorial in support of the Field Drug Testing Pilot Bill that Chicago Appleseed was instrumental in developing. The editorial can be found here and previous entries on our blog describing the issue can be found here.  The current version of the bill HB356, has passed the Illinois House and is  currently in the Senate. [more]
SCOTUS Ruling on Judicial Campaign Ethics RulesChicago Appleseed and the Chicago Council of Lawyers were invited to join an amicus brief filed in Williams-Yulee v. the Florida Bar, examining whether a rule of judicial conduct that prohibits candidates for judicial office from personally soliciting campaign funds violates the First Amendment. The brief was submitted on behalf of state and local judicial election reform groups and drafted by Cleary [more]
Child Support Enforcement and the Function of Family CourtsThis week, the New York Times published a story about how the child support enforcement systems and policies in U.S. court create a cycle of non-payment by middle and low income parents: Skip Child Support. Go to Jail. Lose Job. Repeat. Unpaid child support became a big concern in the 1980s and ’90s as public hostility grew toward the archetypal “deadbeat [more]
State's Attorney Alvarez Announces Sweeping Reforms To Cook County Drug PoliciesState's Attorney Alvarez Announces Sweeping Reforms To Cook County Drug Policies: Initiative Involves Not Charging Marijuana Misdemeanors, Expanded Drug Deferred Prosecution Program, and a Street-level Diversion Program for Juveniles.   State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez today announced the implementation of a new drug policy in Cook County that will seek to keep nonviolent low level repeat drug offenders out of the criminal justice system [more]
Amy Campanelli To Be Confirmed As New Cook County Public DefenderOn March 11, Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle nominated Amy Campanelli to serve as the new Cook County Public Defender. Campanelli, a 23-year veteran of the Cook County Public Defender’s Office, is currently serving as the Deputy of Suburban Operations for the Law Office, where she manages more than 150 assistant public defenders, oversees all specialty courts, and acts [more]