The Kane County Circuit Court entered a final order to dismiss Elgin’s 2010 anti-gang suit against four men who fought for seven years to clear their names. In September 2010, the City of Elgin and the State of Illinois sued brothers Elias and Saul Juarez and Oscar and Ruben Sanchez under Illinois’ Street Gang Prevention Act. 
Is Your Church at Any Legal Risk?
From childcare services to church vehicle liability, this guidebook covers legal risks your church needs to be aware of. This extensive, 19-section checklist is a resource for churches to use to identify and assess their legal vulnerabilities. We encourage churches to review one section per month at their board meetings. The newest 2018 edition is completely free and is available for download at the link below.
By Noel Sterett
“Look, I love dogs and cats, but strays create too many problems for the community.” said Mayor Tom Wolf. “If you see a stray, please call the city, and we’ll take care of it.”  Surfside residents are up in arms over the city’s new ordinance which makes it illegal to provide food or shelter to stray dogs and cats. 
By Sorin Leahu
Many churches today operate daycare centers, schools, and other programs that further their mission. It's important for churches to know that they have the option of setting up these ministries as separate nonprofit organizations and understand the practical steps to do so. 
One of our readers sent us a snarky response to our December piece Should Your Pastor Pack Heat? We thought we'd share it with our readers. How would your denomination pack heat?
PODCASTS
Jeanne Ives on Lawyers for Jesus Radio
Mark your calendar! Jeanne Ives will be on our radio show to discuss her plan and vision for Illinois. Tune in on either Saturday, February 24 at 3:00 PM or Sunday, February 25 at 12:30 PM for our interview with her.
David French: Free Speech in the Supreme Court, the Similarities Between Masterpiece Cakeshop and the Forced Abortion Referral Case
Pastor Alex McElroy: How the Christian Worldview Produces a Meaningful Life
EVENTS
Worldview Conference Illinois Family Institute
Join Illinois Family Institute in Medinah for the Fourth Annual Illinois Family Institute Worldview Conference with John Stonestreet.
Illinois Family Institute Soldiers of the Cross
Join Illinois Family Institute for forums in Collinsville, Peoria, Hoffman Estates, and Orland Park, featuring Lt. Gen. Jerry Boykin of the Family Research Council, Lt. Cmdr. Wes Modder of the Stone Church, Pastor Tim Throckmorton of FRC’s Watchmen on the Wall.
Jesus in the Courtroom
How should Christians view the legal system? Can we make a difference as it relates to social justice issues in our society today? Attorney  John Mauck  explores these questions in his recent book, Jesus in the Courtroom.
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