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Month: September 2016


Preventing Sexual Violence in Higher Education Act Signed Into Law
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Preventing Sexual Violence in Higher Education Act Signed Into Law

After multiple court cases involving sexual violence have sparked national outrage, the penalties and treatment of sexual violence victims (as well as offenders) has become a hot-button topic of discussion in recent months.

 

Many of these discussions focus specifically on sexual assaults on college campuses. Statistics say that 1 in 4 women will experience some form of sexual violence while attending higher education, but typically 90% of these cases are not reported to law enforcement.

 

A number of … Read More

Domestic Violence Protection Orders: What You Need to Know
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Domestic Violence Protection Orders: What You Need to Know

If you are in a serious altercation with a significant other, relative, or household member, they may threaten to file a restraining order to keep you away from your children, residence, or certain possessions.

 

These orders are no joke. Having an order of protection placed against you can severely limit your freedom, your relationships, and your ability to live your daily life.

 

Orders of protection are issued by a county court to prevent further or future abuse. In … Read More

Chicago to Expand Criminal Record Sealing
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Chicago to Expand Criminal Record Sealing

In early July, the Chicago City Council’s Committee on Public Safety passed a resolution encouraging Springfield lawmakers to expand criminal record sealing and allow more offenders to have their records sealed sooner. The resolution does not make any legislative changes, but it does indicate that more reforms are on the way.

 

What might this mean for you if you have a criminal record? First let’s take a look at what criminal record sealing is and how it works in … Read More

“Back to School” Shoplifter Arrested, Released on $25,000 Bond
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“Back to School” Shoplifter Arrested, Released on $25,000 Bond

Back to school shopping is expensive. Even with stores everywhere touting huge sales to help parents get their kids ready for the new school year, the cost can be prohibitive.

 

Recently, a Bedford Park woman took matters into her own hands by attempting to steal 90 back to school items from the local Walmart. She probably thought that it was no big deal, and may have even believed her choice justified.

 

But it wasn’t long before she discovered … Read More