Judiciary

Abortion rights advocates are concerned the legal dispute over the last existing abortion clinic in Missouri may have already hindered access to abortion.

The license for Reproductive Health Services of Planned Parenthood of the St. Louis Region has been in jeopardy for months as state officials delayed action on its application. To compel the state to act, Planned Parenthood took state officials to court.

Circuit Court Judge Michael Stelzer has kept the license in effect while the arguments play out in court. But abortion rights advocates say the legal process as well as Missouri’s increasingly stringent abortion regulations could discourage doctors from providing the procedure in the future.

Illinois lawmakers are moving to give judges more discretion in sentencing people convicted of certain crimes.

A new proposal in Illinois aims to reduce the time juveniles spend behind bars before their trial, but some argue it might not be in the best interests of the young people accused of wrongdoing.

The Illinois Supreme Court on Tuesday heard its first-ever case on Illinois’ tough biometric privacy law, which imposes restrictions on the collection of things like retina scans and fingerprints.

At issue is whether people can sue just for having their information collected.

An Illinois bed and breakfast that refused to host a gay couple’s civil union ceremony is also refusing to a pay a court-ordered settlement. Illinois’ Attorney General is now intervening in the case.


In 2000, Charles Davidson was arrested the day before the 4th of July for a crime he said he didn’t commit. Urbana Police responded that evening to a complaint of fireworks and came upon Davidson, who claims he made the complaint on behalf of his mother. According to court records, police accused the now 68-year-old youth mentor of providing officers with the false last name of “Edwards.” Davidson said “Edwards” was his mother’s last name, and he simply gave police his first name.

A Cambria man faces felony charges in Williamson County, after investigators say he had an improper relationship with a minor.

Ballots
WSIU

A judge has ruled that a voter referendum seeking to change the way Illinois draws its political boundaries is unconstitutional for the November ballot. 

Who should pay for the Illinois courts?

US Supreme Court

The Supreme Court has rejected an appeal from Illinois smokers who sought reinstatement of a $10.1 billion class-action judgment in a long-running lawsuit against Philip Morris.

People
CNN

The Supreme Court has rejected former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich's appeal of his corruption convictions that included his attempt to sell the vacant Senate seat once occupied by President Barack Obama.

SIU Bomb Threat
FBI

A Chicago man who said he was seeking attention on a campus where he was bullied and harassed has been sentenced to two years in prison after pleading guilty to making bomb threats in a self-declared "war'' on Southern Illinois University in Carbondale.

Thomas Fitzgerald, a judge who had a leading role in the aftermath of some of Illinois’ most notorious political scandals, died on Sunday at his home in the Chicago suburbs.

DNA evidence remains a powerful tool to convict, but also to exonerate.

Former U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock and his attorneys have reached a temporary resolution with federal prosecutors on civil contempt accusations he faced for failing to produce campaign and congressional records.

The Illinois Supreme Court says Comcast must give up the identity of an anonymous online commenter.

Twelve people are facing federal charges in southern Illinois as part of a national crackdown on health care fraud.

Carbondale Police

A Jackson County Grand Jury has returned a three-count indictment against a Carbondale man involving a shooting incident earlier this month.

A federal judge has allowed Gov. Bruce Rauner's lawsuit over union fees paid by non-union workers to proceed _ without the governor.

The operators of a domestic violence shelter in Harrisburg are accused of falsifying records to obtain state and federal grants, and stealing charitable funds for personal profit.

A former Carbondale pastor will spend six years behind bars, after his guilty plea on felony theft charges.

The Illinois Supreme Court heard arguments Wednesday over the constitutionality of the state's pension reform plan.

This is the week that Illinois' new pension law will be argued before the state Supreme Court.

Belleville News Democrat reporters George Pawlaczyk and Beth Hundsdorfer say they were inspired to write their "Violation of Trust" series after interviewing a sexual assault victim whose case never went to trial.

Thousands of sex crimes reported to police in southern Illinois aren't being prosecuted, even though most victims can identify their attackers.

Illinois State Police

A former Fairfield math teacher and track coach will spend 20-years in prison for attempted sexual exploitation of minors.

An Effingham man who lied to police about being shot while jogging before admitting he shot himself has been charged with filing a false police report and illegally possessing a firearm.

SIU Bomb Threat
FBI

A federal trial has been delayed for a Chicago man accused of mailing threats of beheadings, bombings and other violence to Southern Illinois University's Carbondale campus.

A former southern Illinois pastor is admitting he stole thousands of dollars from the Carbondale church he once led.

A former Southern Illinois University employee will spend six months behind bars, and four years probation, after pleading guilty to stealing more than $30,000 from the school.

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