Free Speech

State News
1:02 pm
Wed April 1, 2015

Lawyers: U of Illinois broke contract with professor

Lawyers for a professor who believes he was wrongly denied a job at the University of Illinois, argued in a legal filing that the school already had a contract with him when it denied him the job.

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State News
6:40 am
Wed April 1, 2015

CTA Union files free speech suit

 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.

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Outside the Horseshoe
1:20 am
Wed April 23, 2014

Outside The Horseshoe - April 22, 2014

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 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.   

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