Tickets and Tirades

Two octogenarian residents of the Village of Melrose Park, Illinois, and their adult son say in a federal lawsuit filed Monday that the Chicago suburb’s mayor and other officials harassed and retaliated against them with tickets, surveillance and threats because of their lawn chairs, flags, political signs and decorations. The mayor called the son a “jag off,” a “piece of shit,” and a “hillbilly,” during a recorded public meeting and also used a racial slur during the tirade.

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Domestic Battery

An appeals court in Illinois ruled against a man who challenged his domestic battery conviction by arguing that his relationship was primarily sexual and not “romantic.” The victim testified the two had been dating on and off for about eight months and regularly watched movies at his house, which was sufficient evidence to establish the two had a “dating relationship.”

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Pot Licenses

Two Black-owned business groups that were denied entry into Illinois’ marijuana dispensary lottery are suing the state for only qualifying 21 politically connected companies to receive 75 licenses worth more than $1 billion throughout the state. The unsuccessful applicants say they don’t have any recourse to challenge process, which gave the chosen companies an inherent advantage.

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Campus Conservatives

The Seventh Circuit denied advocacy group Speech First’s request for a preliminary injunction against anti-bias policies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign that allegedly infringe on students’ rights to express their support for traditional marriage, immigration reform, the deradicalization of Islam and other conservative views.

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