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Chicago's detective force dwindles as murder rate soars

Aug 24 2016

CHICAGO Every two weeks, Cynthia Lewis contacts the detectives investigating the homicide of her brother on Chicago's south side almost a year ago.

Appeals court upholds Ohio law that shortens early voting

Aug 23 2016

A federal appeals court on Tuesday upheld an Ohio law passed in 2014 that shortened the state's early voting period and abolished a so-called Golden Week when residents could register and cast ballots in the same week.

Appeals court ruling maintains Michigan straight-party vote option

Aug 17 2016

A U.S. appeals court on Wednesday rejected Michigan's bid to reinstate its ban on straight-party voting, a ruling that means voters in the state will be able to use one mark to select all candidates from one party in the Nov. 8 general election.

Illinois families fight transgender access to school locker room

Aug 15 2016

CHICAGO A lawyer for dozens of families from a suburban Chicago high school district argued in court on Monday that students' privacy was being violated at a school that allowed a transgender girl access to the girls' locker room under an agreement with the federal government.

Illinois families fight transgender access to school locker room

Aug 15 2016

CHICAGO A lawyer for dozens of families from a suburban Chicago high school district argued in court on Monday that students' privacy was being violated at a school that allowed a transgender girl access to the girls' locker room under an agreement with the federal government.

Illinois families fight transgender access to school locker room

Aug 15 2016

CHICAGO A lawyer for dozens of families from a suburban Chicago high school district argued in court on Monday that students' privacy was being violated at a school that allowed a transgender girl access to the girls' locker room under an agreement with the federal government.

Muslim woman sues Chicago over arrest, stripping off of head garment

Aug 12 2016

CHICAGO A Muslim woman has sued six Chicago police officers alleging abuse and harassment after she was arrested as she entered a train station on July 4, 2015, stripped of her head garment and jailed overnight, a Muslim civil rights group said on Friday.

Scars of Ferguson protests shape Missouri governor's race

Jul 29 2016

Protests over a police killing of an unarmed black youth in Ferguson, Missouri two years ago forged a new national civil rights movement, and are now shaping a law-and-order message from Republican candidates for state governor.

Michael Jordan speaks against both police killings, targeting of police

Jul 25 2016

CHICAGO Basketball legend Michael Jordan spoke out on police violence on Monday and announced two $1 million grants, to civil rights group NAACP's Legal Defense Fund and to a group that works on improving police relations with communities.

Illinois Republican lawmaker resigns, cites Facebook, Twitter hacks

Jul 25 2016

CHICAGO A prominent Illinois Republican has resigned from the state legislature, citing multiple incidents of fake Facebook and Twitter accounts set up in his name in recent weeks.

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