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If you want to secede, we won’t stop you

By Tyler Davis

November 19, 2012

Perhaps the timing of President Barack Obama’s re-election and the release of Steven Spielberg’s Abraham Lincoln biopic “Lincoln” isn’t a coincidence. Residents in all 50 states have recently filed petitions to secede from the Union.The petitions were filed on the We The People petition page on Any petition on the webpage with more than 25,000 digital signatures will prompt an official response from th...

Emanuel takes tax increase off the table

By Editorial Board

October 22, 2012

Mayor Rahm Emanuel introduced his $8.3 billion budget proposal for 2013 to the City Council on Oct. 10. According to Crain’s Chicago Business, it features no new taxes or fees, but instead relies on generating revenue through enhanced debt collection, fines generated by the city’s new speed cameras, economic growth and layoffs.After this year’s increased fees, such as those on city water use and street parking, the abse...

Justice sought for wrongfully convicted

By Kaley Fowler

October 8, 2012

Although police are expected to maintain civilian safety, there are often unreported cases of police torture, according to Joey Mogul, an attorney for the People’s Law Office. He asserted during an Oct. 3 discussion that defendant testimony in cases of police brutality is usually viewed as false because of the assumed credibility of law enforcement officials.As part of Roosevelt University’s second annual Wrongful Conv...

Wrongful conviction settlement could have gone to better use

By Gabrielle Rosas

March 19, 2012

Chicago is world-renowned for many different things, ranging from being the deep-dish pizza capital of the nation to being the sixth most miserable city in America, no thanks to Forbes magazine. Unfortunately, there are two more dirty little words associated with Chicago and its police detectives: coercive interrogation.Last semester, The Chronicle followed the wrongful conviction case of Terrill Swift, a man who was convicted at...

Illinois should keep tuition waivers alive

By Editorial Board

March 19, 2012

Faculty and staff at universities across the nation have enjoyed a prized benefit for years: tuition waivers. Children of parents who have worked at an Illinois public university or within the university system for more than seven years pay half-price tuition at any state school.But a recently introduced bill, waiting to be considered by the Illinois House, would get rid of this benefit altogether.Bill advocates argue that the st...

Eliminating criminal injustice

By Gregory Cappis

October 10, 2011

Marcus Lyons wasted three years of his life behind bars for a crime committed by someone else. He said this happened because he was the only person in a photo lineup wearing a necktie and not holding a sign.Lyons may never have been convicted if reforms proposed to the Illinois Senate Criminal Law committee on Oct. 3 were enacted in the 1980s. Using a computer program to generate impartial photo lineups was one reform introd...

Innocent until proven guilty

By Editorial Board

September 12, 2011

As reported in this issue of The Chronicle, the number of wrongful convictions based on false confessions or mistaken witness identification is a serious problem in Illinois.The technological advances made in forensics make DNA testing nearly infallible, and it should be the primary source of evidence whenever possible.In some cases, however, DNA evidence is not uncovered during the investigation, so there is a justifiable ...

Renowned novelist contributes stories

By Amanda Murphy

March 28, 2011

Chicago-born author Jennifer Egan loves returning to the city, the place where she spent the first seven years of her life. Her recent visit to Columbia allowed her to spread words of guidance and experience to young writers—a status she recalls well.She served as one of the headlining authors for the Story Week festival this year and spoke on March 14, doing readings, discussions and book signings.Her most recent book, ...

Bright future for exoneree

By SpencerRoush

February 22, 2010

While sitting in a segregated cell for 23 hours a day, packed between four slabs of concrete, Jarrett Adams, a Chicago South Side resident, was researching law cases when he heard the news that after spending eight years in a Wisconsin prison, he was a free man.Adams worked tirelessly for years, writing letters to law firms and innocence projects. He requested help to get an appeal on his case, which he said was handled po...

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