IL Landlords and Renters: Know Your Rights!

  • May 17, 2016    |   Private Property

    Please join us for a free workshop on June 6! Many cities in Chicagoland require government inspections of apartments and homes where renters live. Did you know you have a constitutional right to refuse these inspections without any penalty? Join the Institute for Justice and the Lake County Property Investors Association to learn how you…

  • March 14, 2016    |   Private Property

    Take action and tell Mayor Hall that you oppose his assault on Pleasant Ridge! Mayor Bob Hall of Charlestown, Indiana, has for years waged a single-minded war with the aim of destroying 354 homes in the Pleasant Ridge neighborhood, in order to pave the way for private development. In 2014, the Institute for Justice won…

  • March 14, 2016    |   Economic Liberty

    Support braiding freedom!  Contact your state legislator and tell them to vote YES on S.B. 269. For 25 years, IJ has advocated for entrepreneurs’ right to earn an honest living.  We often do this by challenging government-issued licenses that have nothing to do with protecting the public’s health and safety, but everything to do with protecting…

  • February 11, 2016    |   Economic Liberty

    The Institute for Justice, a non-profit, civil liberties law firm, is offering high school students in Florida a chance to win a $500 scholarship and the opportunity to help pass a law and increase economic opportunity in their state.

  • February 10, 2016    |   Economic Liberty

    That’s right. Cookies. In New Jersey, it is illegal to sell baked goods made in your home kitchen. That’s because the state has yet to pass a “cottage food” law that permits small, home-based entrepreneurs to prepare and sell baked goods that are perfectly safe, such as cookies, muffins and breads. This penalizes the many valid…

  • January 22, 2016    |   Private Property

    The problem begins when miniscule local governments have no tax base to pay the bloated costs of their administrations. Rather than balance the books by consolidating with neighboring cities and eliminating redundant services, these governments have turned to treating their citizens like ATMs. In many Missouri towns, their first idea was to take money from…

  • November 11, 2015    |   Private Property

    For decades, Californians faced a double injustice. The state’s redevelopment agencies routinely used eminent domain to seize perfectly fine homes and businesses and transfer them to private developers. Billions of tax dollars would then flow into these developers’ ill-conceived schemes—schemes that often failed to meet expectations. The redevelopment agencies were responsible for at least 200…

  • September 17, 2015    |   Private Property

    Save North Side STL, an organization dedicated to saving 47 homes on the north side of St. Louis from eminent domain, is asking the National Geospatial Intelligence Agency (NGA) to remove their neighborhood from the list of locations it is considering for its relocation. The NGA is currently considering three other sites—none of which would…

  • September 16, 2015    |   Economic Liberty

    When it comes to bad vending laws in the United States, Sarasota County, Fla., takes the cake (and all the other good eats, too). In the world of mobile vending, some local governments enact “proximity bans” that forbid food trucks and carts from operating near brick-and-mortar restaurants. Lawmakers sometimes try to pass these off as…

  • September 16, 2015    |   Private Property

    Civil forfeiture is a legal tactic that allows police and prosecutors to seize cars, homes, and cash. Property owners don’t have to be convicted of a crime to lose their property—in fact, they don’t even have to be charged with one. And it gets worse. Who often gets to keep for their own use the…

  • September 15, 2015    |   Private Property

    Sign the Petition to Stop West Haven Eminent Domain Abuse! Just 50 miles west of the birthplace of the infamous Supreme Court case Kelo v. City of New London, eminent domain abuse is preparing to strike again. Last summer, the city of West Haven, Conn., approved a plan by developer duo Sheldon Gordon and Ty Miller…

  • December 18, 2014    |   First Amendment

    Wall murals often serve to brighten neighborhoods and bring underutilized spaces to life. But many local governments frown upon this form of speech as they feel the art is sometimes too closely related to the businesses which commissioned it. Then the art becomes “commercial speech,” and is afforded less constitutional protection—even though speech is speech,…

  • December 18, 2014    |   Private Property

    Charlie Birnbaum’s parents—both immigrants and survivors of the Holocaust—left him many things: a love of this country, a deep passion for music and a home right near the boardwalk in Atlantic City. That home—his parents’ foothold in their adopted country—has been a source of love, tragedy and renewal to his family for the past 50…

  • May 21, 2014    |   Private Property

    In February, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Private Property Rights Protection Act (PRPA). . . again. And it again sits before the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee, which has yet again failed to take action on this important legislation. The bill, H.R. 1944, is a response to the U.S. Supreme Court’s infamous Kelo decision,…

  • May 15, 2014    |   Private Property

    The city of Richmond, Indiana, wants to push property owners off of their land for code violations, but is refusing to tell them what those violations are. Take action now: Tell the Richmond Common Council that property owners have the right to keep what they have worked so hard to own, and, if their properties…

  • February 2, 2014    |   Economic Liberty

    The transportation industry has seen a staggering amount of change in recent years, thanks to hard-working and thoughtful entrepreneurs. But regulators and cartels are pumping the brakes. Whether it’s banning tech-savvy ridesharing firms like Uber, Lyft and Sidecar, meddling with fares, or artificially constricting the supply of taxi permits so that independent drivers can’t possibly afford to break into…

  • January 30, 2014    |   Private Property

    Eminent domain is for public use – things like roads and schools – but all too often, cities team up with their developer friends to condemn perfectly fine homes and businesses for private development. This is an unconstitutional abuse of eminent domain and it must be stopped. Join the fight to stop eminent domain abuse:…

  • January 29, 2014    |   Economic Liberty Private Property

    Can the government prohibit you from peacefully and productively using your own property to feed your family? The city of Miami Shores, Fla., says yes—as do many other cities across the nation. If your city prohibits vegetable gardens on your property, report it to us today. For 17 years, Hermine Ricketts and her husband Tom…

  • January 28, 2014    |   Economic Liberty

    UPDATE: On December 2, the city will hear recommendations about an ordinance that would legalize sidewalk vending.  The Los Angeles Street Vendor Campaign is holding a rally before the hearing.  Please join them and share this flyer! (En Español) In Los Angeles, the city that brought us the food-truck revolution, traditional sidewalk vending is illegal—turning…

  • January 28, 2014    |   Economic Liberty

    Love food trucks and street vendors? So do we. But unfortunately, some brick-and-mortar restaurants and establishments view the legislative process as a way to stifle street vendors in order to protect themselves from competition, by pushing for bans on food trucks and vendors within a certain distance from their businesses or prohibitions on food trucks’…

  • January 22, 2014    |   Economic Liberty

    JUNE 2014 UPDATE: Food trucks are now allowed to vend in Bergen County parks. More than 12 trucks are rotating through the parks on a monthly basis, finally providing New Jersey with a taste from its talented food-truck chefs.    It’s tough to be a food-truck entrepreneur in New Jersey. Anti-competitive and burdensome laws make…

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