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Constitution of the State of Illinois Bill of Rights the Articles
Constitution of the State of Illinois ARTICLE I BILL OF RIGHTS

SECTION 1. INHERENT AND INALIENABLE RIGHTS All men are by nature free and independent and have certain inherent and inalienable rights among which are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. To secure these rights and the protection of property, governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed. (Source: Illinois Constitution.) SECTION 2. DUE PROCESS AND EQUAL PROTECTION No person shall be deprived of life, liberty or property without due process of law nor be denied the equal protection of the laws. (Source: Illinois Constitution.)

Democracy is a form of government in which all eligible citizens have an equal say in the decisions that affect their lives. Democracy allows eligible citizens to participate equally—either directly or through elected representatives—in the proposal, development, and creation of laws. It encompasses social, economic and cultural conditions that enable the free and equal practice of political self-determination.

Authoritarianism is characterized by highly concentrated, and centralized power maintained by political repression and the exclusion of potential challengers. It uses political parties and mass organizations to mobilize people around the goals of the regime.[2]

Authoritarianism emphasizes arbitrary law rather than the rule of law, it often includes election rigging, political decisions being made by a select group of officials behind closed doors, a bureaucracy that sometimes operates independently of rules,[dubiousdiscuss] which does not properly supervise elected officials, and fails to serve the concerns of the constituencies they purportedly serve. Authoritarianism also tends to embrace the informal and unregulated exercise of political power, a leadership that is “self-appointed and even if elected cannot be displaced by citizens’ free choice among competitors,” the arbitrary deprivation of civil liberties, and little tolerance for meaningful opposition.[2]

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According to the Chicago Municipal Code, any grass in excess of ten inches is in violation and will be ticketed. The fine is $600! Let’s be good neighbors and keep our community looking nice! For questions, please call my public service office at Alderman Holmes 773-731-7777.


Greetings fellow cannabis supporters,:

We need your help to legalize cannabis in Illinois.  On January 1 the Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Pilot Program law will take effect but it honestly will not have much immediate impact that day other than beginning the bureaucratic process of drafting rules and regulations for the new program.  The State agencies have 120 days to figure out how to allow adults with a very specific and limited list of medical conditions obtain medical cannabis and medical cannabis products.  Once the agencies draft their rules and regulations then they can begin the application process for issuing cards for patients and licenses for cultivation centers and dispensaries.  Once those licenses are issued patients will eventually be able to get their medicine from a licensed dispensary that the patient picks.  The patients and their caregivers will not be allowed to grow medical cannabis and must purchase it from an Illinois medical cannabis dispensary. While Illinois NORML worked signif
icantly to pass this law it is obvious that our work is not done.

We need more people to contact their elected officials and tell them to end this insanity of outlawing a plant.  If we can show our strength and bring this issue to the front of the line of things that Illinois and federal politicians have to deal with we CAN pass a law that gets us what we want.  It took many years for a very restrictive medical cannabis bill to finally pass in Illinois while other states (and now an entire nation, Uruguay!) are legalizing cannabis.  There are many problems with the medical cannabis law in Illinois and the best way to fix them is to end the prohibition entirely.  However, we may not all agree on what a legal market for cannabis should look like, but there are some things that our organization feels best serve the cannabis consumers and that is to allow people to grow their own.  Home cultivation is increasingly being left out of medical cannabis laws and even one of the states (Washington) that voted to legalize it.  While not everybody will
choose to grow their own, the more people that are growing the more likely there will be better access to this plant, whether for the dried flower, raw leaves, edible products or live plants.  It is also less likely the industry could be controlled or monopolized by larger interests if the people are legally allowed to grow these plants.


Home cultivation AKA grow your own (GYO) is something that if we want it, we are going to have to fight for it.  We need to remind lawmakers that this is a plant, and some people choose to grow it and smoke the dried flowers from it.  The more that cannabis is viewed in the opinion of the lawmakers as another alcohol, tobacco or dangerous drug, the less likely they will allow people to have a garden of these plants, whether indoor or outdoor.  There are other reasons why GYO is ideal for consumers and because it is important we want to remind our supporters that we need to be more actively engaging the lawmakers so that we can make our law better.

Please take some time to join our organization, attend a meeting, set up a new chapter or just simply start doing more to make this plant legal once again by contacting your elected officials.
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Illinois NORML News Updates:

Washington family seeks epilepsy’s inclusion in medical marijuana law


Chicago Medical Marijuana Dispensaries To Be Heavily Regulated Under Proposed City Rules

Naperville setting zoning for medical marijuana businesses


Harvard: Marijuana Doesn’t Cause Schizophrenia


Uruguay becomes first country to legalize marijuana trade


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Sign up to volunteer with Illinois NORML and to learn more about our volunteer opportunities, send an email to“>


Thanks again for supporting Illinois NORML and the goal of ending cannabis prohibition!


-Ali Nagib & Dan Linn




Hyde Park Township 

Property Tax Assessment Appeal Forum

Dear Taxpayer,
If you did not file a property tax assessment appeal with the Board of Review for the 2013 property tax cycle, our office would like to assist you in properly preparing your appeal for the 2014 property tax cycle. Should you believe the value of your property has decreased, while your assessment has remained high, I invite you to attend a property tax assessment appeal forum in Hyde Park Township, Tuesday,ng with honorable guests State Senator Kwame Raoul, State Senator Mattie Hunter, State Senator Napoleon Harris, State Representative Marcus Evans, State Representative Elgie Sims, State Representative Robert Rita, Cook County Commissioner Robert Steele, Cook County Commissioner Deborah Sims, Cook County Commissioner Stanley Moore, Alderman Pat Dowell, Alderman Leslie Hairston, Alderman Roderick Sawyer, Alderman Michelle Harris, Alderman John Pope, Clerk of the Circuit Court Dorothy Brown & Cook County Recorder of Deeds Karen A. Yarbrough.Attending this forum will provide you with the opportunity to address your concerns regarding the 2014 property tax cycle. We will also assist you in submitting an appeal to our office and answer any additional questions you might have about the appeal process. Please be sure to bring your property tax bill and other evidence you believe provides proof of your property’s true value, such as a current appraisal. I look forward to seeing you there.Best,

Commissioner Larry Rogers, Jr.

To find out more about the Board of Review and our process, contact my office at (312) 603-5540.  For filing deadlines, upcoming events, or to file an appeal online, go to  You may also file in person at the County Building, located at 118 N. Clark Street, Chicago, IL. or at one of our neighborhood satellite offices.

The Cook County Board of Review is now accepting preregistration 20114 assessment complaints from individuals filing on their own property for any township that has not yet opened for review by the Board of Review  Click the link below to file online.

Please be aware that the thirty-day filing period is now open for property located in the following townships:

  • Riverside
  • River Forest
  • Norwood Park
  • Rogers Park
  • Evanston
  • Oak Park
  • Cicero
  • Palos
  • Berwyn
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Cook County Recorder of Deeds- Property Fraud

Did you know that in many instances, stealing someone’s house can be easier than stealing a car? All it takes is someone filing a fraudulent transfer of ownership document with the Cook County Recorder of Deeds.
Savvy fraudsters often target elderly persons who live in paid-for homes, and who have no heirs. This allows the criminal to take out a mortgage or sell the home outright once the owner dies.
Though the documents may be fake, the damage is real because the homeowner must get a court order, at their own expense, to have the fake document removed. Until this happens, the true owner will be unable to refinance or sell their home.
Although a new state law was passed recently that creates an expedited judicial review process to remove fraudulent recordings, there is a tool available now that can alert you when a document is recorded against your property’s 14-digit Property Identification Number found on your property tax bill. 
The Cook County Recorder of Deeds free Property Fraud Alert will trigger a phone call or email to you when a new document is recorded, so that you can investigate further. Getting this alert will help you to take immediate action, before the criminal uses the fraudulent document to take out a loan against your home.
Signup is easy, free and your information is never used for anything other than the alert. Best of all, you can monitor multiple properties, allowing people to monitor the homes of their older parents and relatives. You can sign up online at, or by calling 800-728-3858.
If you suspect property fraud or have questions about signing up, please call the Property Fraud Unit at 312-603-4000.

There have been a number of reports regarding people who walk their dogs around the neighborhood but fail to clean up after their pets. This is unhealthy, a nuisance, inconsiderate and illegal. The following law describes the penalty for such a violation.

7-12-420 Removal of excrement.
No person shall appear with a pet upon the public ways or within public places or upon the property of another, absent that person’s consent, without some means for the removal of excrement; nor shall any person fail to remove any excrement deposited by such pet. This section shall not apply to a blind person while walking his or her guide dog.
Any person found to have been in violation of this section shall be fined not less than $50.00 nor more than $500.00 for each offense.

My office and the Department of Animal Care and Control as well as the Police will be taking stepped up enforcement measures. Additionally, if you observe anyone breaking this law, please contact my office at 773-721-1999.