Illinois Bill Mandates Public Schools Teach Asian American History

By Jordan Williams, The Hill. -

Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker (D) has signed legislation mandating public schools teach Asian American history, making the state the first in the nation to do so. The legislation, the Teaching [...]

Illinois Set To Become First State To Bar Police From Lying To Minors

By Zack Linly, The Root. -

The state of Illinois is on its way to becoming the first in the nation to bar police officers from lying to minors during interrogations. In an effort to prohibit the manipulative tactics cops [...]

Race, Poverty, Farming And A Natural Gas Pipeline

By Brett Chase, Inside Climate News. -

Five years ago, the mayor of Hopkins Park, a Black, rural community in Kankakee County, Illinois, argued for building an immigration detention center there to boost the economy. The people who [...]

How The First US City To Fund Reparations For Black Residents Is Making Amends

By Ashley Brown, Emilie de Sainte Maresville, and Allie Yang, ABC News. -

Evanston, Illinois, is like a lot of American cities. The city just north of Chicago appears picturesque, updated and grand on one side -- but not far away, one can see the signs of economic and [...]

COVID-19 And Democrats’ Indifference Killed My Husband In Jail

By Cassandra Greer Lee, Current Affairs. -

In February 2020, my husband, Nickolas Lee, was incarcerated in Cook County Jail in Chicago. The judge didn’t offer him bail. So even though he was presumed innocent, he had to await his trial in [...]

Students Continue To Pressure Northwestern University To Abolish The Police

By Binah Schatsky, Daily Northwestern. -

After several months of continuous pressure on Northwestern administration to abolish University Police and divest from policing and other militarized entities, NUCNC is continuing their work [...]

Students Push To Remove Police

By Claudio Rivera, Stephanie Knezz and Shawn Smith, Truthout. -

Student movements have always raised our current conception of justice and equity. From the civil rights movement and Vietnam War protests, to the anti-apartheid movement and calls to abolish the [...]

Judge Approves Extradition Of Kyle Rittenhouse

By Michael Tarm, AP News. -

Waukegan, IL - An Illinois judge on Friday ordered a 17-year-old accused of killing two demonstrators in Kenosha, Wisconsin, to be extradited across the border to stand trial on homicide [...]

Graduate Workers: ‘Reopening Endangers Students, Highlights Racial Inequalities’

By Northwestern University Graduate Workers, Daily Northwestern. -

It is less than a month before Fall Quarter begins, and despite daily warnings against doing so, Northwestern insists on proceeding with the harmful and dangerous plan of reopening campus. The [...]

‘Just The Beginning’: Illinois Gov. Pardons Over 11,000 On Eve Of Recreational Cannabis Legalization

By Jessica Corbett, Commondreams.org -

"This is just the first wave of Illinoisans who will see a new world of opportunities emerge as they shed the burden of their nonviolent cannabis-related convictions and records." On Tuesday, [...]

New York Took On The Real Estate Industry And Won. Illinois Could Be Next.

By Max Budovitch, Inthesetimes.com -

On June 14, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed into law new housing legislation that guarantees the “strongest tenant protections in history,” extending rent regulation from New York City and [...]

Victory In Illinois: Coal Plant Found Guilty Of Polluting Groundwater With Coal Ash

By Ruth Milka, Nationofchange.org -

“Today is a huge victory for Waukegan residents who have fought for years to see corporations like NRG Energy held accountable for the toxic waste that has been illegally dumped on our Lake [...]

What Makes Illinois’ Marijuana Legalization Bill So Progressive

By Ramenda Cyrus, Inthesetimes.com -

On May 31, the Illinois House of Representatives passed what is perhaps the most progressive recreational marijuana usage bill in the United States, by a margin of 66-47. The bill passed in the [...]

Illinois Workers Celebrate As ‘Life-Changing’ $15 Per Hour Minimum Wage Signed Into Law

By Jessica Corbett, Commondreams.org -

"Fifteen dollars an hour will be life-changing for me. I can barely afford the basic needs for my two sons on my minimum-wage salary. Simple things like whether to buy school supplies for my [...]

Federal Judge To IDOC: Get Your Unconstitutional Shit Together

By The Uptown People's Law Center, Beachwoodreporter.com -

A federal court has ordered the State of Illinois to address its "failure to . . . meet the constitutional requirements with respect to the mental health needs of" its approximately 12,000 [...]

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