Supreme Court blocks Biden’s vaccine-or-test mandate for large private companies

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 […]

LISTEN: Supreme Court considers whether to reverse Roe v. Wade in historic arguments

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 […]

A look at high court’s top cases in new term starting Monday

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 […]

Gov. Pritzker Vows To Protect Abortion Rights In Illinois

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 […]

U.S. Supreme Court May Hear Illinois Case On Life Sentences For Juvenile Offenders

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 […]

Faith-Based Child Welfare Controversy May Be Reignited In Illinois

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 […]

The Supreme Court Sides With NCAA Athletes In A Narrow Ruling

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 […]

Senate Confirms Merrick Garland To Be US Attorney General

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 […]

Illinois Senators React To Trump Supreme Court Nominee

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 […]

Justice Ginsburg Lies In State At U.S. Capitol

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.