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From 2014 to 2018, 25.6 percent of the people who Granite City said violated its crime-free housing rules were accused of offenses that didn't happen at the home of the renters facing eviction for it.
Derik Holtmann | Belleville News-Democrat

Editor's note: This story was originally published in the Belleville News-Democrat.

GRANITE CITY — An 83-year-old man was in the hospital with lung cancer when he learned he could be kicked out of his apartment.

It was early 2017, a few days after Laurence Madden’s 19-year-old grandson was arrested for disorderly conduct at Madden’s Granite City apartment. He received a letter from the police officer who enforces the crime-free housing policy, the city’s rules for renters.

The message said the apartment complex’s owner had to evict Madden over his grandson’s criminal charge or else the city could revoke the business license the owner needed to rent out apartments in the future.

After a hearing at the Southern District of Illinois' U.S. District Court, a judge will determine whether the state of Illinois must begin changing its procedures for medically treating transgender prisoners. July 31, 2019.
Nick Telep | St. Louis Public Radio

A federal judge has ordered Illinois state prisons to immediately overhaul their policies for providing medical care to transgender inmates. 

Currently, according to the ruling, the Illinois Department of Corrections allows unqualified medical professionals to treat transgender patients; it also deprives them of medically necessary medications and accommodations. Prisoners named in the lawsuit testified that these practices jeopardized their health and drove them to harm themselves and attempt suicide. 

The ruling, handed down Thursday, requires the department to update its policies to be consistent with internationally accepted standards of care for medically treating gender dysphoria. 

After a hearing at the Southern District of Illinois' U.S. District Court, a judge will determine whether the state of Illinois must begin changing its procedures for medically treating transgender prisoners. July 31, 2019.
Nick Telep | St. Louis Public Radio

Updated at 6:30 p.m., Aug. 1 with testimony from Illinois Department of Corrections officials — The American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois wants a federal judge to order the state of Illinois to change its practices for providing medical treatment to transgender prisoners. 

Current policies fail to provide adequate health care to prisoners diagnosed with gender dysphoria, according to opening arguments made Wednesday by the ACLU in a federal court in East St. Louis. Illinois Department of Correction practices deny and delay medically necessary treatment for years, leading to “profound suffering” and increasing the risks of self-harm and suicide for transgender prisoners, the ACLU’s motion argues.