Illinois Supreme Court weighing officials’ use of campaign funds for lawyers

SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Supreme Court is being asked to decide whether public officials who are under investigation or charged with crimes may use their campaign funds to pay for their legal defense. The court heard oral arguments last week in a case involving a former Chicago city alderman, Daniel Solis, then chairman of the […]

Justice Stephen Breyer, an influential liberal on the Supreme Court, to retire

Updated January 26, 2022 at 12:26 PM ET U.S. Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer is retiring after serving more than two decades on the nation’s highest court, Supreme Court and Biden administration sources tell NPR. Breyer — professorial, practical, and moderately liberal — wrote many of the court’s legally important but less glamorous decisions and […]

What happens when the prison guard who’s supposed to protect you abuses you?

A note for readers: This story includes descriptions of sexual assault. INDIANAPOLIS — Cynthia Long vividly remembers the first time she met Lamont Williams. She had finished a visit with her family and was walking across the yard of the Indiana Women’s Prison, where she was incarcerated. Williams had been assigned to monitor the areas […]

Pritzker vetoes paid COVID leave for school, university employees

SPRINGFIELD – Gov. JB Pritzker on Monday vetoed a bill that would have provided paid administrative leave for public school and university employees who miss work due to COVID-19-related issues and instead negotiated “compromise” legislation that would provide such leave to only those who are fully vaccinated. “Vaccines are a vital tool in preventing the […]