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December 15, 2016

Chicago Tribune publishes PLF op-ed on the newest misguided licensing scheme

Occupational licensing has run amok.  Nearly a third of Americans need government permission in the form of a “license,” just to lawfully do their job.  These laws contribute to what Timothy Sandefur has called a “Permission Society,” and they make it harder for people to earn a living.  Worse, they are often enacted at t ...

December 09, 2014

Star Wars Episode VI.I: Anti-development Strikes Back

When Luke Skywalker crash-landed on Yoda’s swampy planet, Luke turned to R2D2 and said, “If you’re saying that coming here was a bad idea, I’m starting to agree with you.” George Lucas may be starting to feel the same regret about the location of his proposed Lucas Museum of Narrative Art. ...

May 24, 2010

Supreme Court decision in Lewis v. City of Chicago

Author: Joshua Thompson The Supreme Court handed down its decision today in Lewis v. City of Chicago. The issue before the Court concerned the statute of limitations for disparate impact claims. Specifically, at what point did the statute begin to run – when Chicago announced the results of its test, or did the statute run a ...

February 22, 2010

Lewis v. Chicago: Chicago Fire Department douses claims of discrimination

Author: Ralph W. Kasarda The United States Supreme Court heard oral argument today in Lewis v. City of Chicago. In this case, African-American fire department applicants sued the City of Chicago under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. They claimed that a written examination was discriminatory when it resulted in Chicago's ...