Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity chief financial officer Phil Keshen and general counsel Michelle L. Masoncup answer questions about the Local CURE program before the Joint Committee on Administrative Rules on Tuesday in Springfield. – Capitol News Illinois photo/Peter Hancock

Pandemic aid to local govt. starts flow

SPRINGFIELD — The state of Illinois will soon begin distributing $250 million in federal funds to help cities, counties and other units of local government pay for pandemic-related expenses.

Environmental group: Indiana mill exceeds toxicity cap

PORTAGE, Ind. — An environmental group that sued a steelmaker in December for allegedly violating the Clean Water Act at its northwestern Indiana facility says the company continues to release excess amounts of chemicals into a Lake Michigan tributary.

Federal judge refuses to block campus sexual assault rules

WASHINGTON — A federal judge on Wednesday allowed the Education Department to move forward with new rules governing how schools and universities respond to complaints of sexual assault.

Judge grants TRO in protection-orders case

A Cook County judge granted an emergency request to end delays in filing domestic violence protection orders.

7th Circuit: Fourth Amendment applies inside prison walls

A divided federal appeals court revived a class-action lawsuit accusing Illinois prison officials of violating the Fourth Amendment when they forced female inmates to spread their genitals during a strip search.

New ARDC committee to eye equal justice rules

Following up on its statement on racism earlier this summer, the Illinois Attorney Registration & Disciplinary Commission has formed an Equal Justice Rules Committee to study the state’s professional ethics rules.

Judge’s ex parte contacts lead to new trial

A federal judge’s email exchanges with former colleagues in the U.S. Attorney’s Office “cast a pall” over certain decisions he made in a criminal case he was handling at the time, an appeals court held.

7th Circuit to state GOP: Where should free speech line be drawn?

A federal appeals court greeted the Illinois Republican Party’s challenge to the governor’s limit on public gatherings with skepticism this week.
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