Illinois biometric privacy law passes a key court test

Illinois’ Biometric Information Privacy Act just withstood a major challenge. The state’s Supreme Court has returned a BIPA dispute back to circuit courts after rejecting claims that would have significantly limited the law’s reach. Six Flags had fingerprinted a 14-year-old guest without his parents’ approval, violating BIPA’s requirement for obtaining consent, but had contended that […]

Illinois officials are refusing to allow a concert hosted by R. Kelly to take place

Invision/Frank Micelotta via Associated Press Illinois officials are refusing to allow a concert hosted by R. Kelly to take place. The move follows a slew of sexual misconduct allegations against the R&B star, detailed in the six-part Lifetime documentary series, “Surviving R. Kelly.” Kelly has denied all allegations of wrongdoing. SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois […]

Illinois prisons to retrain staff after transgender inmate who feels like ‘sex slave’ sues (DEBATE)

After multiple lawsuits from a prisoner who claimed she felt like a ‘sex slave’ in male prisons, the Illinois Department of Corrections is mandating staff training in “transgender issues.” Is it a special privilege or necessity? There are only 28 transgender prisoners in the Illinois correctional system, but one of them – a trans-woman named […]

Illinois governor vetoes bill that would stifle car sharing

Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner has vetoed a bill that stood to damage peer-to-peer car sharing companies like Turo, GetAround and Maven. The bill was passed by the state legislature in May and would have applied the same state and local taxes big rental companies like Avis or Hertz have to pay to the individuals that […]

Ivanka Trump shares snaps of loving father-daughter trip to Illinois with Donald Trump

Ivanka Trump, 36, is the unofficial First Daughter of the US, being the eldest daughter of President Donald Trump. Having just announced the closure of her eponymous fashion brand, Ivanka has well and truly turned her attention to politics. Showing how serious she is about her senior adviser position, she joined Donald on a tour […]

‘This bigoted fool should get ZERO votes’: Ted Cruz backs Democrat over Nazi GOP in Illinois

Ted Cruz may have urged voters to choose a Democratic candidate instead of a self-confessed Nazi running for a congressional seat in Illinois, but the internet is giving him very little credit for speaking out. Cruz took to Twitter to condemn Arthur Jones, the Holocaust-denying Republican candidate for the third district of Illinois, ahead of […]

Google Earth: Shocking image captures THIS tornado path in Illinois

On the 9 September 2016 four tornadoes swept through east-central Illinois. Between the villages of Sidney and Homer in Champaign Country in the US, the tornadoes ripped through anything in their path. With satellite images spanning the globe, the shocking path of the tornado can still be seen on Google Earth today. The advanced scientific […]

Rat poison-laced marijuana kills three in Illinois

Three people in Illinois have died and over 100 have experienced severe bleeding after using synthetic marijuana possibly laced with rat poison. Authorities are urging against consumption of “fake pot.” Two men in their 20s and one in his 40s died after smoking the laced pot. The identities of the victims have not been released. […]

Conservative Democratic Rep. Dan Lipinski narrowly beats back his progressive challenger in a bitter Illinois primary battle with national implications

Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images Democratic Rep. Dan Lipinski narrowly managed to beat back his progressive challenger in Illinois’ 3rd Congressional District on Tuesday with 50.9% of the vote.  Marie Newman, a first-time candidate, campaigned against Lipinski’s conservative social views and opposition to Obamacare, positions she argued were out of step with those of his constituents.  Lipinski’s […]

Gillibrand and top liberal groups are throwing their weight behind an Illinois woman challenging a ‘radically conservative’ House Democrat

Tina Fineberg/AP Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, a New York Democrat and 2020 frontrunner, waded into a congressional fight between two Democrats earlier this month. Gillibrand’s endorsement of Marie Newman, who is challenging a “blue dog” incumbent in Illinois, was followed by endorsements from several prominent liberal groups this week. The race is one of just a […]