Pritzker pushes for assault weapons ban, federal action

SPRINGFIELD – In the wake of a July 4 mass shooting in Highland Park that left seven people dead and dozens more injured, Gov. JB Pritzker is calling for a ban at both the state and national levels on military-style assault rifles and high-capacity magazines. The governor made those calls on national cable television and […]

Cheney: Trump attempted to contact Jan. 6 witness

WASHINGTON — The vice chair of the House Jan. 6 committee says Donald Trump has attempted to contact a witness who was talking to the panel investigating the attack on the Capitol. Rep. Liz Cheney, R-Wyo., said Tuesday that the Justice Department has been notified. She says, “We will take any effort to influence witness […]

The next Jan. 6 committee hearing will focus on extremist organizations

The House Jan. 6 committee holds its seventh hearing on its months-long investigation Tuesday, focusing on the involvement of extremist groups like the Oath Keepers, Proud Boys and the QAnon movement and the groups’ possible connection to Trump associates, including Roger Stone and Michael Flynn. Former Oath Keepers spokesman Jason Van Tatenhove will testify. Van […]

Dobbs ruling may have implications for transgender people’s access to healthcare

As protests continue after the repeal of Roe v. Wade – a ruling that allows states to control access to abortion – the conversation often revolves around women’s reproductive rights. But women aren’t the only ones whose access to healthcare is impacted by the recent Supreme Court decision. Transgender and non-binary people can – and […]

After 4-3 Urbana City Council vote, Champaign County can begin jail expansion

URBANA — The Urbana City Council voted Monday to allow new jail construction within city limits. Champaign County plans to expand its satellite jail on Lierman Avenue. The new jail will have fewer total beds in a more modern facility. “Think about [an isolation cell with] four walls with a door and a small window. […]

What will a post-Roe US look like? Lessons from a major abortion study

Years before starting a landmark research project on abortion access, Diana Greene Foster saw firsthand the impact that banning abortion can have, through her grandmother Dorothy. Dorothy became pregnant at 19. It was not planned, and Foster thinks if her grandmother had access to a legal abortion, she would’ve gotten one. But in 1940, that […]