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    Throw a Cigarette Butt on the Ground and You Could Face Three Years in Jail

    Forget merely annoying others with bad manners: In Illinois, citizens who throw their finished cigarette on the ground  are facing jail time – up to a whopping three years. Illinois’s updated “Litter Control Act” will subject anyone who tosses a cigarette outside the trash to criminal penalties. The first offense … More

    Illinois Supreme Court Catches Up on the Second Amendment

    The Illinois Supreme Court has finally joined the rest of the nation and the U.S. Supreme Court in recognizing the right of Illinois residents to exercise their Second Amendment rights. On September 12 in Illinois v. Aguilar, the Illinois court voided a state statute that made the “aggravated unlawful use … More

    Detroit Today, Illinois Tomorrow

    Detroit’s bankruptcy petition last week was far from a surprise, but what should be noted is that it is the first of what will likely be a major wave of municipalities and states that will follow behind. Specifically, President Obama’s home state of Illinois. Many wonder why Detroit waited so … More

    Pro-Marriage Victory in Illinois

    On Friday, the Illinois legislature ended its session, failing to pass a much-anticipated same-sex marriage bill. The New York Times reports that the bill’s failure to reach a vote in the State House was apparently due to a lack of votes supporting the redefinition—despite a Democratic supermajority. President Obama, along … More

    Congress Should Not Follow Illinois Example on Internet Sales Tax

    CHICAGO, IL—To see how the Internet sales tax would affect small businesses, we need only look at Illinois. The President’s home state tried its own “Amazon tax” and had negative results, yet Illinois is the driving force behind similar federal legislation. Imagine a small online retailer in Champaign-Urbana selling Illini … More

    Obamacare and the Medicaid Expansion: How Does Your State Fare?

    The Medicaid expansion is touted by proponents of Obamacare as a “no-brainer.” While it is true that some states may see projected savings, it is erroneous to claim that this experience applies to every state. Proponents predict that by expanding Medicaid states will be able to reduce payments to health … More

    In Illinois, Redefining Marriage Threatens Marriage and Religious Freedom

    Lawmakers in Illinois are considering a bill to redefine marriage. This comes a little over a year after the state created civil unions for those in same-sex relationships by passing the Religious Freedom Protection and Civil Union Act. Shortly thereafter, Catholic Charities was forced out of foster care and adoption … More

    A Win for Religious Freedom in Illinois

    On Tuesday, the state of Illinois declined to appeal a recent loss in the Illinois Court of Appeals, which ruled in late September that the state cannot force pharmacists and pharmacies to stock and dispense abortion-inducing drugs in violation of their religious beliefs. The Illinois Attorney General’s decision marks the … More

    Second Amendment: Illinois Gun Ban Struck Down

    On December 11, in a major win for Second Amendment rights, a three-judge panel of the U.S. Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals threw out Illinois’s virtual ban on the carrying of any guns, whether concealed or otherwise. In Moore v. Madigan, the state of Illinois claimed that there was no … More

    Putting Students First: A Tale of Two States

    It’s been over two weeks since the Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) won out over the best interests of children. In stark contrast, however, is Illinois’s neighbor Indiana, which has reformed its school system to put students’ needs front and center. In 2011, Governor Mitch Daniels (R) put into place a … More