5 Important Stories We’re Paying Attention To

5 Important Stories We’re Paying Attention To By Simon Black, Sovereign Man Last week we started a new feature in Notes from the Field– a Friday roll-up of bizarre, often overlooked stories that my team and I think are worth following with great interest. Based on the positive feedback we received from last week’s article, we thought we’d continue the trend. So here are a few important stories that we’re paying close attention to: The City of Chicago Paid $113 million in police misconduct cases last year Call me crazy, but this…

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Meet the Woman Who Rented Hotel Rooms for the Homeless During Chicago’s Deep Freeze

Meet the Woman Who Rented Hotel Rooms for the Homeless During Chicago’s Deep Freeze By John Vibes Earlier this week, we reported on the inspirational story of an anonymous Good Samaritan who paid for 70 homeless people to stay in hotels after there was a fire at their encampment. In the days since, more details have come to light about the situation, and it turns out that this charitable act was a combined effort of numerous volunteers, who were all inspired by the good deed of a local real estate…

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Chicago Throws Out 23,000 Duplicate Tickets Issued Since 1992 to Motorists Who Didn’t Have Vehicle Stickers

Chicago Throws Out 23,000 Duplicate Tickets Issued Since 1992 to Motorists Who Didn’t Have Vehicle Stickers By Melissa Sanchez, ProPublica, and Elliott Ramos, WBEZ The city of Chicago said Thursday it has dismissed some 23,000 outstanding duplicate vehicle sticker tickets and will refund motorists who have already paid for an additional 12,000 duplicates dating to the early 1990s. The decision was made Wednesday, city officials said, five months after a ProPublica Illinois and WBEZ investigation revealed that, on nearly 20,000 occasions since 2007, motorists had been been cited more than…

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Chicago Should Reject a Proposal for Private-Sector Face Surveillance

Chicago Should Reject a Proposal for Private-Sector Face Surveillance By Shahid Buttar A proposed amendment to the Chicago municipal code would allow businesses to use face surveillance systems that could invade biometric and location privacy, and violate a pioneering state privacy law adopted by Illinois a decade ago. EFF joined a letter with several allied privacy organizations explaining our concerns, which include issues with both the proposed law and the invasive technology it would irresponsibly expand. At its core, facial recognition technology is an extraordinary menace to our digital liberties.…

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Chicago’s Electronic Surveillance of Food Trucks Is Ridiculous—and Probably Unconstitutional

Chicago’s Electronic Surveillance of Food Trucks Is Ridiculous—and Probably Unconstitutional By Ilya Shapiro May a city both require certain business owners to forego their Fourth Amendment rights and also enforce regulations specifically designed to advantage competing businesses in a related industry? That’s the question to be answered by the Illinois Supreme Court in LMP Services v. Chicago. What’s Going on in Chicago? The City of Chicago enacted an ordinance requiring all food trucks to install GPS trackers, in part as a means of settling disputes as to whether these vicious vehicular…

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Taxpayers Shell Out $2.5 Million After Cop Held 3yo Girl At Gunpoint As He Beat Her Handcuffed Mom

Taxpayers Shell Out $2.5 Million After Cop Held 3yo Girl At Gunpoint As He Beat Her Handcuffed Mom By Matt Agorist Chicago, IL — This week, the taxpayers of Chicago were told they would be footing the bill—to the tune of $2.5 million—to pay for an excessive force lawsuit that accused police of holding a 3-year-old little girl at gunpoint while beating her handcuffed mother. The lawsuit stems from a search warrant carried out in the home of Aretha Simmons in 2013. During the raid, according to the lawsuit, the entire…

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