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The State of Civil Unions in Illinois

Illinois’ House of Representatives failed to vote last week on the Religious Freedom and Marriage Fairness Act, which would have granted Illinois same-sex couples the right to marry, reports the Chicago Tribune. While some Illinois lawmakers are vowing to raise the issue again later this year, same-sex and opposite-sex couples can still gain legal rights by entering into [..]

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Illinois bike lane ban questioned after cyclist’s death

A Chicago proposal to add bicycle lanes to Clybourn Avenue in Old Town was thwarted by state transportation officials. The Illinois Department of Transportation oversees a section of the neighborhood street where a bicyclist died after being struck by a car. IDOT ordered a stop to bike lane construction on roads the agency manages until [..]

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Choosing A Designated Driver

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that 90 percent of Americans who go to social events where drinking occurs believe that a designated driver should be used. When done correctly, designated driver programs can help communities greatly reduce the number of drunk driving accidents and fatalities they experience. The programs also send an important message about [..]

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Minorities Pay More for Housing than Non-minorities

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Litigation Skills Training Program

The John Marshall Law School Fair Housing Legal Support Center will conduct the 21st annual training on Effective Advocacy under the Fair Housing Laws, a skills training program for attorneys who litigate fair housing cases, from January 24–26, 2013. The program focuses on the practical skills an attorney needs to proceed in a contested hearing [..]

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Section 8 Is Now Protected In Cook County, Illinois

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Sex Discrimination Alive and Well in Mortgage Lending

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HUD is Mandating Westchester County to Meet the Settlement Requirements

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Oxford House continues to fight for the right to have group homes:

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What is meant by “Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing”?

The 1968 Fair Housing Act directed governments and their agencies to “affirmatively further” fair housing.  The Act outlawed discrimination in the sale and rental of housing.Yet after more than four decades, residential segregation and racial discrimination in housing remains virtually unchanged in many of our cities. Minorities, mainly African-Americans and Hispanics continue to experience discrimination [..]

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