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Supreme Court Issues Landmark Ruling Regarding Gay And Transgender Rights

On June 15, 2020, the Supreme Court ruled that Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 extends to people that identify as gay or transgender. Title VII prohibits an employer from discriminating against any person based upon, among… Continue Reading →

School Board Rejects Hearing Officer’s Recommendation and Fires Teacher for Cheating

Jennifer Longanecker was a tenured fifth-grade teacher in the East Moline School District. In 2014, the School Board found that she helped a student cheat on the Illinois Standards Achievement Test. In doing so, the Board reversed a hearing officer’s finding that… Continue Reading →

Supreme Court to Rule on the Constitutionality of Tax-Exemption for Not-For-Profit Hospitals in Carle Foundation Case

As an update to previous articles, the Supreme Court will weigh the constitutionality of a law that lets not-for-profit hospitals skip paying property taxes — a question with potentially hundreds of millions of dollars at stake.  Hearings for this case… Continue Reading →

Supreme Court Holds Prisoners Must Pay Up To 25% Of Their Awards To Their Attorneys For Fees

The U.S. Supreme Court recently held that prisoners who prevail in civil rights actions may have to contribute up to 25% of their judgments to their attorneys for fees.  Murphy v. Smith, et. al., 583 U.S. ____ (Supreme Court 2018),… Continue Reading →

Supreme Court Upholds Banning Certain Offenders from Public Parks

The Supreme Court has recently upheld a statute prohibiting sex offenders from accessing public parks. In Illinois v. Pepitone, 2018 IL 122034, in 1998 the defendant pled guilty to criminal sexual assault of a child and was sentenced to six… Continue Reading →

Supreme Court Holds Unconstitutional A Ban On Guns Within 1000 Feet Of A Public Park

The regulation of firearms continues to be an evolving and controversial topic.   In People v. Chairez, 2018 IL 121417, the Illinois Supreme Court held that a law prohibiting firearm possession within 1,000 of a public park was unconstitutional. In particular,… Continue Reading →

The Supreme Court Addresses the First Amendment in the Realm of Social Media

In today’s age, social media sites are where most people exercise their First Amendment rights. The recent U.S. Supreme Court case of Packingham v. North Carolina, 137 S. Ct. 1730 (2017) is one of the first Supreme Court decisions addressing… Continue Reading →

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