Credibility of US Forest Service Challenged Ahead of National Activist Gathering in Shawnee National Forest

Credibility of US Forest Service Challenged Ahead of National Activist Gathering in Shawnee National Forest Clearcut in the Shawnee National Forest during songbird mating season, May, 2019 Photo: Langelle For Immediate Media Release         October 7, 2019 Contact: Steve Taylor,  steve (at) globaljusticeecology (dot) org Southern Illinois’ Paper of Record Questions the United States Forest… Read More Global Justice Ecology Project Global Justice Ecology Project (GJEP) explores and exposes the intertwined root causes of social injustice, ecological destruction, and economic domination.

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Illinois Issues First Licenses to Sell Recreational Marijuana as Legalization Draws Near

Illinois Issues First Licenses to Sell Recreational Marijuana as Legalization Draws Near By Elias Marat As Illinois readies itself for the impending legalization of recreational cannabis, which is set to take effect next year, state regulators have awarded the very first licenses to five medical marijuana dispensaries. The five shops, which are dispersed throughout the state, will be allowed to sell limited quantities of recreational marijuana products to adults over the age of 21 beginning January 1, according to the Chicago Tribune. Four of the five licensees are owned by…

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New Illinois Law Expands Medical Marijuana Program Despite Federal Prohibition

New Illinois Law Expands Medical Marijuana Program Despite Federal Prohibition By Michael Maharrey Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker has signed two bills into law that expand the state’s medical-marijuana program despite federal prohibition. A coalition of six Democrats sponsored Senate Bill 455 (SB455). The legislation amends a 2018 law known as “Ashley’s Law” authorizing schools to allow guardians or other caregivers to administer cannabis-infused products students authorized to use medical marijuana. SB455 expands the law by requiring schools to allow school nurses or administrators to administer medical marijuana. Students will also…

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Illinois to Become 11th State to Legalize Recreational Marijuana Use

Illinois to Become 11th State to Legalize Recreational Marijuana Use By Emma Fiala Illinois is poised to become the 11th U.S. state to legalize recreational marijuana after lawmakers voted on Friday to legalize the plant. Governor J.B. Pritzker assured Illinoisans he would sign the bill that would also automatically expunge criminal records of prior convictions of minor pot possession. This will have a transformational impact on our state, creating opportunity in the communities that need it most and giving so many a second chance. I applaud bipartisan members of the…

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Victory! Illinois Supreme Court Protects Biometric Privacy

Victory! Illinois Supreme Court Protects Biometric Privacy By Jennifer Lynch and Adam Schwartz The Illinois Supreme Court has ruled unanimously that when companies collect biometric data like fingerprints or face prints without informed opt-in consent, they can be sued. Users don’t need to prove an injury like identity fraud or physical harm—just losing control of one’s biometric privacy is injury enough. In Rosenbach v. Six Flags, a 14 year old brought a challenge against an amusement park for collecting his thumbprint without his informed consent, in violation of Illinois law.…

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Wendy’s Sued For Violating Illinois Law Against Biometrics

Wendy’s Sued For Violating Illinois Law Against Biometrics By Aaron Kesel A class-action lawsuit was filed in Illinois against a fast food restaurant chain of the Wendy’s franchise. The suit accuses the company of violating state laws for the way the business stores its employees’ fingerprints, ZDNet reported. The lawsuit was filed on September 11, in a Cook County court, according to the complaint obtained by ZDNet. The complaint alleges that the practice of using a biometric scan of employees’ fingerprints to clock when they arrive at Wendy’s for work,…

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