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Homeowners' Lawsuit Challenges Pa. Practice of Police Asset Seizures

Every ninety minutes, law enforcement officials in Philadelphia confiscate the property of individuals who may not have been charged with or convicted of any criminal activity. After government agents seize private citizens’ money or property, those innocent citizens are forced to navigate a confusing system of legal challenges, in order to retrieve the property they once legally possessed. The practice, called “civil asset forfeiture,” allows police to seize cash, cars, homes, guns, or other...

Credit Rating Research Details Illinois Pension System Problems

The state of Illinois finds itself worst in the nation when it comes to pension liability, according to a new report from Moody’s Investors Service. The national credit rating agency conducted a study on each state’s pension liability, as calculated as a percentage of state revenue. The Prairie State’s three-year average pension liability, as a percentage of revenue is 258 percent—nearly 60 percent higher than the pension liabilities of the next worst state, Connecticut. In 2012, Illinois’ one-...

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