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Illinois Auditor General releases report on effectiveness of Illinois Firearms Owners Identification Card Act

Elected position

Lori Levin has been elected to be an Assembly Member of the Illinois State Bar Association. This will be her third term.

Appointed Positions

Lori G. Levin has been reappointed as Chair of the Illinois State Bar Association’s Standing Committee on Legal Education for the 2012-2013 bar year. Additionally, she has been reappointed to the ISBA’s Criminal Justice Section Council and Standing Committee on Women and the Law.

Speaking Engagement on Fitness to Stand Trial

This afternoon, Amy P. Campanelli of the Law Offices of the Cook County Public Defender and I will be speaking on Fitness to Stand Trial: The Process, The Procedure and the Law at the Illinois State Bar Association’s Continuing Legal Education Program on the Plight of the Mentally Ill in the Criminal Justice System.

Amendment to Eavesdropping Statute Fails in Legislature

From time to time, I have written about the Illinois eavesdropping statute. It is against the law to tape police officers in the line of duty. At least two Illinois courts, in two separate counties including Cook, have ruled the statute to be unconstitutional. On March 21, 2012, House Bill 3944, which would allow such […]

Circuit Court of Cook County is closed today

The Circuit Court of Cook County may be closed today in honor of Casimir Pulaski Day but my law office is definitely open. Please feel free to contact me should you be in need of legal services. Lori Levin

Study on Women Inmates in Illinois Prisons

Frequently, I have posted on the plight of women offenders. The Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority, a state agency where I formerly served as Executive Director, continues to fund and conduct research on Illinois female offenders. Recently, ICJIA funded and published a study conducted by researchers of the Department of Criminal Justice & Criminology of […]

Another ruling against the Illinois eavesdropping statute

I have frequently posted regarding Illinois’ stringent eavesdropping statute which criminalizes the videotaping of law enforcement officers exercising their duties. Today, Cook County Circuit Court Judge Stanley J. Sacks declared the statute to be unconstitutional. For more information, read the Chicago Sun-Times article at

Another challenge to the Illinois eavesdropping statute

Previously, I have described Illinois’ strict eavesdropping statute which prohibits the videotaping of law enforcement performing official duties. An amendment to the statute has been proposed in the legislature and a downstate judge has declared the statute unconstitutional. The American Civil Liberties Union has also challenged the statute in federal court but that suit has […]

New national resource for girl offenders

Girls are increasingly becoming involved in the juvenile justice system. During my tenure as Executive Director of the Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority, members of the dedicated research staff explored the risk factors for girls interactions with juvenile justice officials. Recognizing the need for special services for these girls, in 2010, the United States […]

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