Enormous rats are making their way through the federal court system. But they're not wet-nosed, living rodents. They're rubber, inflatable ones. Unions deploy such rat replicas outside businesses they have disputes with.
Incoming freshmen at the University of Chicago have received a letter from the dean of students informing them of the school's commitment to free speech. Dean of Students Jay Ellison writes that the university does not condone safe spaces where students can "retreat from ideas and perspectives at odds with their own."
Anti-abortion activists are challenging a Chicago ordinance that stops protesters from getting within 8 feet of anyone entering a health care facility. The complaint was filed in federal court in Chicago by anti-abortion groups and "sidewalk counselors" who want to hand out literature near abortion clinics.
A Chicago Transit Authority union has filed a federal lawsuit saying the agency is violating free-speech rights by barring workers from distributing leaflets in break rooms opposing Mayor Rahm Emanuel in an April 7 runoff election.The Amalgamated Transit Union filed the nine-page suit Tuesday in Chicago federal court. It asks for a prompt court order allowing the leaflets in break rooms. The suit alleges the CTA allowed off-duty workers to distribute political material in break rooms until the union recently endorsed Jesus Garcia.
Free speech in a parody or impersonating an elected official? The twitter account @Peoriamayor was intended to be a parody. When it was up in March it wasn't fully distinguished in such a way. It had about 50 followers though likely more people were viewing it. But last week the Peoria Police executed a search warrant on the residents of the person or persons thought to be responsible for the account. The whole matter has sparked a widespread response. Peoria Mayor Jim Ardis joins us for this Outside the Horseshoe to talk about the matter.