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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:
Upcoming cases for this term (2015-2016) will also be mentioned. Most of these will be coming down in June.
"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."
February - Supreme Court Decisions
March - Gun Violence: drinks and discussion
April - Cost of Pharmaceuticals
May - Rape on Campus
June - Annual Business Meeting
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.