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Ill. Supreme Court Strikes Down Eavesdropping Law

The Illinois Supreme Court struck down the state's eavesdropping law, which was one of the harshest in the country.

Before the court intervened, the statute prohibited anyone from recording conversations, even ones held in public, without the consent from the people being recorded, according to the Chicago Tribune.

The Illinois Supreme Court found the statute's scope to be too broad.

Chicago's Crime-Predicting Software May Be Racist

Remember "Minority Report" and the police's futuristic ability to predict crime and preemptively apprehend criminals? Well, the future is here and it's possibly racist.

The Chicago Police's crime-predicting computers might be suffering from a social glitch or two -- namely, racial profiling. But other tech advances are now a normal part of police work, The Verge reports.

Here are three forms of technology regularly used by law enforcement:

University of Chicago Crime Lab Gets $1M

The University of Chicago Crime Lab received a $1 million grant that will be used to grow its policy work and study crime problems.

With more resources to tackle the city's crime problems, the Crime Lab will be able to keep up with the city legislators' accelerated timetables, said the Chicago Tribune.

So what types of research may the grant fund?

When Can Police Impound Your Car?

While it may be inconvenient, police can impound your car for several reasons.

Getting your car back after it's been impounded is a costly legal process, but understanding why your car was impounded can help you avoid going through it again.

So when can police impound your car?

3 Borderline Illegal Searches by Police

Not all illegal searches by police are black and white. The contours of a person's Fourth Amendment protections against an illegal search and seizure are muddled by constantly evolving rules that largely hinge on the specific facts of a case.

Here are three specific situations that especially hover on the boundary of illegal searches:

Chicago Ban on Gun Sales Struck Down

A Chicago ordinance that bans gun sales within the city is unconstitutional, a federal judge ruled. The decision spells a big win for gun lobbyists in their protracted battle for more firearm rights in Chi-town, home to some of the toughest gun-control laws in the nation. This latest ruling is far from the first blow to Chicago's gun laws but may spur city officials to rethink their gun control strategy.

Here's a rundown of three key gun control changes in Chicago that reveal the Windy City's weakening gun control landscape:

Is Sexting Photos in School Illegal?

Sexting may seem like a fake word, but it is a phenomenon that can lead to actual criminal consequences. Take Hales Franciscan High School, where allegations of sexting has lead to a criminal investigation, Chicago's WBBM-TV reports.

Police were called to the school on a weekend where, based on conversations with students, a school official claims that sexual explicit images of a female were circulating via text. Police are awaiting more details to determine whether any criminal offense has occurred.

Is sexting actually illegal or not?

When Are Strip Searches Legal?

When are strip searches legal in Illinois? 33-year-old Dana Holmes of Coal City is filing a claim claiming that hers wasn't, the Chicago Tribune reports. On top of that, once she filed her claim, her lawyer, attorney Terry Ekl says that other women are now coming forward, alleging similar conduct.

Holmes was arrested for a DUI last spring and claims that her civil rights had been violated when four deputies had stripped her naked without any justification.

There are many factors taken into consideration when determining the legal validity of a strip search. Here is an overview of those legal concerns:

iPhone 5S Release Prompts Police to Prepare for Thefts

Beware of iPhone theft around iPhone release dates. With the much-anticipated release of the new iPhone 5S this Friday, some Apple fans may face a police officer or two leaving the store with their shiny new phones.

According to the Huffington Post, the Chicago Police Department is planning on sending additional officers out to a public transit stop on the city's North Side, near an Apple store. These officers will not only be there for crowd control purposes, but also to carefully monitor for any potential thieves looking for a five-finger discount on their own iPhone 5S.

With this potential new wave of iPhone thefts upon the city, what can be done to protect yourself and your smartphone?

Is It Legal to Carry a Concealed Weapon in Chicago?

It may surprise you, but Illinois was actually the last of the 50 states to adopt a concealed carry law, allowing residents in the Land of Lincoln to carry a gun in public.

This doesn't mean that there aren't limits to carrying a firearm in the Windy City, but thanks to recent changes in state laws, Chicagoans can pack heat on the street.