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Tag Archives: Supreme Court

ONE VOTER, ONE VOTE

The Supreme Court agreed Tuesday to decide next year whether the Constitution requires only eligible voters be counted when forming legislative districts, taking up a lawsuit that could shift political power to less populous rural areas from urban centers. During the 1960’s, the court ruled that legislative districts must be based on total population, the… read more

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PENSION DECISION

As expected, the Illinois Supreme Court unanimously ruled the state pension fix is unconstitutional today. The fix was approved last year by the General Assembly. In their ruling, the justices said: “Crisis is not an excuse to abandon the rule of law.”

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SCOTUS AND RAISINS

With scorn bordering on anger, some of the Supreme Court’s more conservative members on Wednesday gave a hostile reception to a government program dating to the Great Depression meant to increase raisin prices by keeping some raisins off the market. A ruling in the case is expected later this year.

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PENSION LAWSUIT

The Illinois Supreme Court said Thursday it is sticking to its schedule to hear arguments in the pension reform case in March.

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SCOTUS ON CAMPAIGNS

The U.S. Supreme Court struck down caps on aggregate political contributions Wednesday, the latest in a string of decisions rolling back campaign finance regulations that the court’s majority conservative justices believe infringe on First Amendment rights.

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SCOTUS on Rail Easements

On March 10 the U.S. Supreme Court issued a favorable ruling strengthening private property rights. In an 8-1 decision, Chief Justice Roberts wrote that the federal government does not retain any property interest in easements (rights-of-way) granted to railroads under the General Railroad Right-of-Way Act of 1875. According to the court, once the railroad abandons… read more

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STATE REGULATIONS

 The Supreme Court this October will take up an antitrust case that could curb the proliferation of state licenses, a top worry for U.S. small-business owners and entrepreneurs. At issue: Can state licensing boards staffed with business owners and professionals regulate their own markets without oversight from government employees?

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CELLPHONE PRIVACY

 Treating modern cellphones as gaping windows into nearly all aspects of the user’s life and private conduct, the Supreme Court on Wednesday unanimously ordered police to get a search warrant before examining the contents of any such device they take from a person they have arrested.

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SCOTUS UPDATE

The US Supreme Court ruled Monday that the US Environmental Protection Agency lacks authority in some cases to force companies to evaluate ways to reduce carbon dioxide emissions. The decision does not affect EPA proposals for first-time national standards for new and existing power plants.

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