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Timuel Black, Civil Liberties Champion and CCDBR Board Member, Dies at 102

It is with a heavy heart that CCDBR marks the passing of Chicago civil liberties champion and board member Timuel Black. In Black, we have lost a tireless civil rights advocate and a fixture of Chicago civic life. His exemplary … Read more »

President’s Note: CCDBR Remembers Civil Liberties Champion Larry Kennon

CCDBR salutes the memory of Attorney Larry Kennon, longtime advisory board member and Bill of Rights Foundation registered agent. Both as a defender of civil rights and liberties and as a treasured friend, Larry will be missed by all of us … Read more »

CPD’s Impending Consent Decree Holds Promise to Improve Safety for Over-Policed Disabled Population

According to a new article from the Chicago Reporter, the current draft of the consent decree imposed by federal court on the Chicago Police Department will include provisions intended to specifically address the safety of individuals with disabilities. The … Read more »

Daley’s Casual Proposal to Expand Surveillance Would Build on Chicago’s Already Appalling Legacy

According to an article in the Chicago Sun-Times, last month mayoral candidate Bill Daley unveiled a prospective crime-fighting plan that includes adding thousands of additional surveillance cameras to Chicago’s already sprawling network. Even more unsettlingly, the proposal would also … Read more »

Proposed Amendment Would Place Chicago Under Gaze of Colossal Facial Recognition Surveillance Network

According to the Electronic Frontier Foundation, a CCDBR partner organization through its Electronic Frontier Alliance, city officials are considering a change to the municipal code that would allow private businesses in Chicago to deploy facial recognition software as part of … Read more »

Press: Workshopping with FOIA Experts Exposes the Secrets for Compelling Governments to Expose Theirs

Braving the third straight day of the weekend’s blizzard, attendees flocked to the completely booked training workshop hosted by the Chicago Committee to Defend the Bill of Rights.

Community members of different backgrounds and experience levels from across the city … Read more »

Chicago Journalist Jamie Kalven’s Subpoena Battle Illustrates the Danger of Indirect Attacks on Press Freedom

In The Intercept, Chicago journalist Jamie Kalven reflects on his recent court battle to protect a source of his reporting, and what it illustrates about the state of press freedoms in the United States. Last year, Kalven, whose reporting … Read more »

Announcement: CCDBR to Host FOIA Training Workshop Featuring LPL

To ensure the integrity of the democratic process, it is vital that citizens must be able to know what their government does in their name.  This is more important now than ever, as government at all levels increasingly pursues opaque … Read more »

Opinion: For Sun-Times Editorial Board, No Warrant, No Surveillance, No Exceptions

This week the Chicago Sun-Times Editorial Board took a firm stance against warrantless surveillance against American citizens, specifically that which is tolerated under Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA). The legislation, which is under consideration for … Read more »

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