illinois

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 »

From the President: Say No to Torture, Oppose Gina Haspel Nomination as CIA Chief

There is urgency to this posting because Congress will return from its Spring break April 9 and the Senate Intelligence Committee is expected to schedule quickly thereafter the Haspel confirmation hearings, to be followed almost immediately by full Senate vote.… Read more »

Illinois State Government Joins Ranks of Net Neutrality Defenders Across Country

With the publication in the federal register of the FCC’s plan to scrap federal net neutrality protections, the struggle for net neutrality enters its most contentious phase:  state legislatures and attorneys general  have mounted a coordinated defense, as well as … Read more »

Rauner Vetoes Bill Requiring User Opt-In for Selling Geolocation Data

The Chicago Tribune reports that Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner has vetoed a bill which would have required tech companies and other businesses whose products or services handle geolocation data to receive explicit consent from users or customers before that data … Read more »

Rauner Signs Broadly Supported Civil Forfeiture Protections Into Law

 Governor Bruce Rauner signed a bill into law (HB303) restricting civil forfeiture practices of law enforcement agencies in the state. The newly enacted regulations, which CCDBR profiled previously, raise the evidentiary threshold for seizing citizens’ property from “probable … Read more »

Bill of Rights Club: A Podcast by CCDBR

The Chicago Committee to Defend the Bill of Rights is excited to announce the launch of a new podcast: Bill of Rights Club. Over the course of this series, we’ll be taking the most pressing and significant current events we cover … Read more »

President’s Note: CCDBR-Supported Bill Would Curtail Solitary Confinement
UPDATE: 20 May 2017: Representative Ford’s bill is off the House agenda until next year, but the increasing number and quality of co-sponsors are encouraging signs. His bill is a path breaking one that will require much future mobilization to
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Illinois Bill Enshrining Abortion Rights Passes Senate, Moving to Governor’s Desk

On Wednesday, a bill which would ensure the right to abortion should the US Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade decision be overturned passed the Illinois State Senate, according to a report by the Chicago Sun-Times. In addition to amending … Read more »

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