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Ill. House OKs 'modernizing' eavesdropping law

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The lawmaker behind Tuesday's House approval of a measure allowing people to audio record on-duty police officers says the proposal "modernizes" state law in an age when most people would find it ludicrous that they could go to prison for pulling out their smartphones and taping what they hear on the street.

The 71-45 vote

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  • Written by The Chicago Defender
  • Category: Chicago

Settlement of lawsuit over shackles during birth

CHICAGO (AP) — A federal judge has given preliminary approval to the settlement of a class-action lawsuit brought by female detainees at Cook County Jail who alleged they were shackled while giving birth, a violation of state law.

If there are no objections, 80 plaintiffs will share $4.1 million, or about $35,000 each.

Plaintiff's attorney Thomas

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  • Written by The Chicago Defender
  • Category: Chicago

Residents urged to be prepared and stay out the way

A security expert stressed residents and those coming in town to keep a distance from the protests expected outside the 2012 North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) Summit this weekend at McCormick Place.

Chicago security expert Richard Wooten is urging spectators to stay clear of the protests to avoid being mistaken as radicals and arrested.

Woot

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  • Written by The Chicago Defender
  • Category: Chicago

Fitzgerald stepping down as US attorney in Chicago

Fitzgerald stepping down as US attorney in Chicago

CHICAGO (AP) — Patrick Fitzgerald, known as one of the most relentless U.S. attorneys in the nation and the architect of convictions against two Illinois governors and a former vice presidential aide, announced Wednesday that he is stepping down from the post he has held for more than a decade in Chicago.

Fitzgerald has overseen thousands of

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  • Written by The Chicago Defender
  • Category: Chicago