Weekly News Update: 4/7/13

Posted on April 7, 2013

This week in Chicago civil liberties news:

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In other news….

PROTESTING DRONES: Chicagoans protested outside of Boeing’s headquarters about targeted killings and drone use abroad, reports Fight Back! News.

LOCATION, LOCATION: Washington Post’s Ellen Nakashima reports on government technology that can track individual cell phones, and the concerns of some federal judges and privacy advocates.

BURGE STILL ON THE HOOK: Chicago Tribune’s Rachel Levy reports that the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals upheld Jon Burge’s conviction for perjury and obstruction of justice.

I SPY WITH MY LITTLE EYE: Partnership for Civil Justice Fund releases FOIA documents that show DHS is spying on peaceful demonstrations and activists.

TAMMS POST-CLOSE: The Pontiac warden says that there have been no violent incidents with the ex-Tamms prisoners transferred there, reports WAND17.

NO TO PRIVATE DETENTION CENTER: Hundreds protest against Corrections Corp. of America’s proposal to build an immigrant detention center in Joliet, reports Chicago Sun-Times’s Mike Nolan.

QUESTIONING CONTRACTS: WBEZ’s Rob Wildeboer reports that Illinois legislators examined their $1.4B contract with a private medical services company for prison healthcare to find out whether we’re getting what we paid for.

BURSTING AT THE SEAMS: Cook County Sheriff is worried that the nearly full Cook County Jail will be overcrowded by the summer, reports Chicago Sun-Times’s Lisa Donovan.