Illinois General Assembly proposes new internet privacy protections

By Amy Korte
As the federal government repeals regulations requiring broadband companies to obtain consumers’ consent before using their browsing history and other personal information to create targeted ads, Illinois state politicians are moving to ramp up privacy protections. However, whether these bills would actually further those privacy goals or whether they would merely bolster Illinois’ class-action lawsuit industry while burdening businesses are open questions.

TAGS: Ann Williams, Arthur Turner, BIPA: Biometric Information Privacy Act, Consumer Fraud and Deceptive Business Practices Act, Donald Trump, Facebook, FCC: Federal Communications Commission, Geolocation Privacy Protection Act, Google, Lou Lang, Michael Hastings, Microphone-Enabled Devices Act, Right to Know Act

Illinois House passes bill to allow residents to dissolve townships

By Brendan Bakala
On March 29, the Illinois House of Representatives voted almost unanimously in favor of allowing voters to decide on local government consolidation – a crucial component of shrinking local government spending, which drives up property taxes. State Rep. Tom Demmer, R-Dixon, sponsored House Bill 496, which received bipartisan support – more than a dozen representatives...

TAGS: HB 496, local government consolidation, townships