Filing to Run for Chicago Office Closes Monday, November 24

Chicago holds an election for city office, including the three citywide offices, in February 2015. The petition filing deadline is Monday, November 24. Citywide candidates need 12,500 valid signatures. See this story, which explains the difficulty of obtaining these signatures for candidates who are not backed by the Democratic Party organization. The elections are non-partisan(More)… …read more

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Prior to Being Exposed, Deputies Were Strip Searching Children in Philly Family Court

Not until enough children spoke out about group and individual strip searches did anyone inside this abusive system raise an eyebrow.
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania – A new family court building in Philadelphia is being accused of indiscriminately strip searching children who entered the premises. Children involved in both criminal and non-criminal cases were searched, including children who were wrapped up in the court system simply because they were victims of sexual abuse. For them, their encounter at the court inflicted deeper trauma on an allready painfull situation.
The inappropriate strip searches were the result of an error in policy that instructed sheriff’s deputies …read more

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