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Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry, who opposes mandates, speaks outside the Supreme Court after arguments about vaccine-or-testing requirements on Friday in Washington with deputy Louisiana Attorney General Bill Stiles. On Thursday, the Court halted a rule applying to large employers but allowed another to stand for most health care workers. – AP Photo/Evan Vucci

Supreme Court halts COVID-19 vaccine rule for large employers

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court has stopped the Biden administration from enforcing a requirement that employees at large businesses be vaccinated against COVID-19 or undergo weekly testing and wear a mask on the job.
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Welch reflects on first year as Illinois House speaker

SPRINGFIELD — One year after being named speaker of the Illinois House, Rep. Emanuel “Chris” Welch says he is proud of the accomplishments he and his colleagues achieved and he looks forward to building on that record.
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Unions denied stop of Metra vaccine mandate

A federal judge denied a request by several unions to halt Metra’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate, holding that the dispute is subject to mandatory arbitration and there is a strong public interest in transit employees being vaccinated.

Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart must face political retaliation suit

A federal judge declined to dismiss a lawsuit brought by a Cook County correctional lieutenant who alleges Sheriff Thomas Dart retaliated against him after he announced his intention to run for sheriff in the 2022 election.

Warrantless search of license plate images gets OK

Law enforcement officers did not violate the Fourth Amendment when they used images of a license plate taken by automated cameras to help identify a man suspected of bank robbery, a federal judge held.

Court lacks jurisdiction over church discipline rules, panel affirms

A Chicago-based church cannot be found liable for failing to reinstate a pastor accused of sexual abuse after its internal investigation determined the charges were malicious and unfounded, a state appellate panel ruled.

Cook County judge disparages lawyer in comments caught on video

An Cook County judge could be facing discipline after he mocked an attorney in comments that he apparently did not realize were being broadcast live on YouTube.

Anti-Riot Act held constitutional in case of man charged with inciting looting in Chicago

A law that prohibits inciting a riot does not run afoul of the First Amendment, a federal judge held.
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