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February Meeting - US Supreme Decisions, 2014-15

When: Tuesday, February 29th, 7pm - 8:45pm

Where: LaGrange Public Library

Supreme Court Discussion led by Jan Goldberg

Major cases from the 2014-2015 docket of the US Supreme Court will be discussed on Monday Feb. 29th at 7PM at the La Grange Library.

Cases that will be highlighted include:

  • "Obergefell v. Hodges" This case legalized gay marriage across the USA.

  • "King v. Burwell". This case enabled Obamacare to continue giving health care insurance subsidies to lower- income patients.

  • "Arizona State Legislature v. Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission". This case enabled the Independent Commission to draw the next map for the state. This should be of particular interest to all petition gatherers in Illinois who are working on an independent map for our state reps.

    Upcoming cases for this term (2015-2016) will also be mentioned. Most of these will be coming down in June.

  • Cook County League Releases New Criminal Justice Report

    Jan Goldberg, long time member of the LaGrange League, has prepared a comprehensive report on the state of criminal justice in Cook County.

    "This report is the culmination of 18 months of research by the above group. We interviewed over 20 major stakeholders in the Cook County Criminal Justice System and professors in the criminal justice field, read countless criminal justice articles, and visited 5 area Bond Courts and the Cook County Jail. We were motivated by the growing numbers of non-violent detainees at the jail who were languishing there due to their inability to post bond. We saw this as a primary civil rights issue. We also were motivated by the report by the Administrative Office of the Illinois Courts that came up with 40 recommendations for improving justice at the pre-trial level."

    Read a summary of the report here. And download the entire report here.

    2016 Meeting Topics

    January - Book Discussion: The New Jim Crow

    February - Supreme Court Decisions

    March - Gun Violence: drinks and discussion

    April - Cost of Pharmaceuticals

    May - Rape on Campus

    June - Annual Business Meeting

    State League Takes Action on Budget Impasse

    Here are two letters recently distributed to the Chicago Tribune; the letter from the League of Women Voters of Illinois was distributed to other outlets as well.



    The upshot of the joint letter (signed by Illinois Campaign for Political Reform, the League of Women Voters of Illinois and other reform groups) is that Governor Rauner invited legislative leaders to a meeting in his office on November 18th.

    While we had hoped there would be representatives of the reform groups who signed the letter invited to the meeting, we remain somewhat hopeful that the meeting could be constructive. Stay tuned for details but it is clear that the letter had impact.

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