WASHINGTON — The U.S. Supreme Court struck down the Biden administration’s vaccine-or-test rule Thursday, declaring that the Occupational Safety and Health Administration had exceeded its authority. But at the same time, the court upheld a regulation issued by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services that mandates vaccines for almost all employees at hospitals, nursing […]
WASHINGTON — An epic argument at the U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday: At issue is whether to reverse the court’s nearly half-century-old Roe v. Wade decision and subsequent decisions declaring that women have a constitutional right to terminate a pregnancy. https://ondemand.npr.org/anon.npr-mp3/npr/me/2021/12/20211201_me_supreme_court_considers_whether_to_reverse_roe_v_wade_in_historic_arguments.mp3 Listen to Nina’s story here. Until now, all the court’s abortion decisions have upheld […]
WASHINGTON – Abortion, guns and religion top the Supreme Court term that begins Monday. A case from Mississippi presents a direct challenge to the court’s major decisions over the last half-century that guarantee a woman’s right to an abortion nationwide. A case from New York could expand gun rights in the United States and involves […]
CHICAGO — Illinois’ governor says he’s “very concerned” about the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision not to block a new Texas law banning most abortions in the state. Gov. J.B. Pritzker said Thursday that Illinois would continue to be a “beacon of hope” for women seeking reproductive health care. In recent years, Illinois has expanded and […]
SPRINGFIELD — Lawyers for an Illinois man who was sentenced to 130 years for a murder when he was 16 years old are asking the U.S. Supreme Court to clarify how life sentences for juveniles should be reevaluated in light of recent U.S Supreme Court decisions against that practice. Ashanti Lusby’s lawyers petitioned the U.S. Supreme Court […]
SPRINGFIELD – A recent U.S. Supreme Court decision could reignite a 10-year-old controversy in Illinois over whether faith-based charities can be prohibited from contracting with the state for foster care and adoption services on the grounds that they refuse to work with unmarried or same-sex couples. In a 9-0 decision Thursday, the nation’s high court […]
Faced with the prospect of reshaping college athletics, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a narrow but potentially transformative ruling Monday in a case that pitted college athletes against the NCAA. At issue in the case were NCAA rules that limit educational benefits for college players as part of their scholarships. The athletes maintained that the […]
WASHINGTON — The Senate has confirmed Merrick Garland to be the next U.S. attorney general with a strong bipartisan vote, placing the widely-respected, veteran judge in the post as President Joe Biden has vowed to restore the Justice Department’s reputation for independence. Democrats have praised Garland, a federal appeals court judge who was snubbed by […]
The focus on the court could help energize conservatives in key states. Progressives are fired up, too — immediately after Saturday’s announcement, Democrats tied Barrett to a fight for health care.
CHAMPAIGN – Both US Senators from Illinois expressed concerns about President Donald J. Trump’s nomination of Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the US Supreme Court. The move on Saturday caps a dramatic reshaping of the federal judiciary that will resonate for a generation. He also hopes it will provide boost his reelection effort as he […]
The conservative federal judge is just 48 years old and could affect social policy for generations to come if confirmed by the majority-Republican Senate.
The late Supreme Court justice is the first woman to be given that honor. Watch the ceremony held by members of Congress, including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, beginning at 10 a.m. ET.
Ginsburg, the second woman to serve on the Supreme Court, died from complications from cancer. Her death will set in motion what promises to be a tumultuous political battle over who will succeed her.
‘A Little Light Of Hope:’ Illinois College Students With DACA Status Reflect On Supreme Court Ruling
Researchers estimate there are more than 200,000 students with temporary legal protection under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, also known as DACA. Last week, the Supreme Court ruled against an effort by the Trump administration to end the program, but the court left open the possibility that the program could still be rescinded. […]
The decision is a dramatic victory for immigration advocates and gives a new lease on life for the so-called DREAMers, immigrants who were brought to the U.S. illegally as children.