"Why was this case in federal court?" That was a question asked by a juror following a trial over which I presided a few years back. It was a great question which provided an opportunity to explain the limited jurisdiction of the federal courts. In fact, it is a question that every judge in federal court must ask when a case is filed.
The Boy Scouts of America recently returned to the national conversation.
Unfortunately, not so for the Girl Scouts.
Two week ago, the Boy Scouts opened their membership to transgender boys. That follows a decision in 2013 when the Boy Scouts accepted openly gay boys. In 2015, openly gay adults were allowed to be leaders.
WASHINGTON — At their post-Civil War apogee, 19th-century Republicans were the party of activist government, using protectionism to pick commercial winners and promising wondrous benefits from government's deft interventions in economic life.
Chicago businessman Christopher Kennedy got the state's political wheels spinning last week when he threw his very big hat into what very well could be a ringing race for governor in 2018.
Illinois is now — and has been for a long time — in trouble.
Not so much that the state's elected leaders have been persuaded to address its severe financial and economic woes. But it's been more than enough for those who live with the results of this governmental malpractice to figure it out and take action.
WASHINGTON — With an asperity born of exasperation, Justice Antonin Scalia once wrote, "If you want aspirations, you can read the Declaration of Independence," but "there is no such philosophizing in our Constitution," which is "a practical and pragmatic charter of government." Scalia was wrong, and much depends on Neil Gorsuch not resembling Scalia in this regard.
In the U.S., "blackness" has long been a symbol deployed to mobilize white supremacists, to justify racial oppression and conversely to rally African-American resistance. White nationalists have historically used blackness to frighten whites while nationalistic and radical blacks have used it to generate pride, encourage self-development and organize opposition.
Starting Monday and for the following 20 days, nearly 30,000 strike-eligible state employees will be voting on whether to authorize their union leaders to call a first-ever strike against the state of Illinois.
The vote will take place in each union local throughout the state as part of an effort by the union's negotiating team to gauge the feelings of rank-and-file members.