(CHICAGO) Illinois courts are considering if a state law that allows judges to limit teenage defendants’ social media postings unfairly restricts their First Amendment freedoms. The Chicago Tribune reports that Illinois judges have seen how social media can amplify gang disputes and the judges have been imposing restrictions to defendants’ social media usage with the goal of curbing violence and heading off any further conflict. However, appellate courts have recently split over such orders, saying they infringe on a person’s free-speech rights. Some say clearer boundaries may need to be drawn by the State Supreme Court.
(CHICAGO) Secretary of State and State Librarian Jesse White has announced that entry forms are now available for the statewide 14th Annual Illinois Emerging Writers Competition, with winners to receive the Gwendolyn Brooks Poetry Award. Co-sponsored by the Illinois Center for the Book, the contest is open to Illinois residents age 18 and over, and the entries must be postmarked by June 30, 2018, with cash prizes to be awarded for first ($500), second ($300), and third place ($100). Entry forms with details and more information can be found online at www.cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/library/center_for_the_book.
(SPRINGFIELD) The Illinois Department of Natural Resources has some reminders for area mushroom hunters for whenever warmer weather conditions arrive. While no license is required to hunt mushrooms in Illinois, collectors always need landowner permission before going to the woods. On public sites, mushroom hunters must adhere to approved regulations and hours. The collection of mushrooms is allowed in many IDNR state parks, fish & wildlife, and other recreation areas, but is prohibited in areas designated as a dedicated nature preserve. Plus mushroom hunters are reminded that IDNR areas that offer spring turkey hunting are not open to mushroom collecting until after 1:00 daily during turkey season to ensure the safety of all site visitors. Mushroom hunters should also check with landowners to see if other individuals are turkey hunting on their property as well. Mushroom collectors should call ahead to IDNR sites they intend to visit to learn of any site-specific regulations and/or any other information or details.