Jeffries wins historic bid to lead House Dems after Pelosi

WASHINGTON — New York congressman Hakeem Jeffries has been elected House Democratic leader and will become in the new year the first Black American to lead a major political party in Congress. Democrats met Wednesday behind closed doors for the internal party elections as Speaker Nancy Pelosi and her team step aside. House Democrats are […]

Trump faulted for dinner with white nationalist, rapper Ye

NEW YORK — Former President Donald Trump is drawing criticism for dining with a Holocaust-denying white nationalist and the rapper formerly known as Kanye West. The meeting came days after Trump launched his third campaign for the White House. Trump had dinner Tuesday evening at his Mar-a-Lago club with West, who is now known as […]

Gay bar shooting suspect facing murder, hate crime charges

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — The man suspected of opening fire at a gay nightclub in Colorado Springs is being held on murder and hate crimes charges. The charges surfaced in online court records Monday, two days after the attack that killed five people and wounded many others. The charges were preliminary, and prosecutors had not […]

Urbana church remembers Colorado club shooting and transgender violence victims

URBANA – The deadly mass shooting at a Colorado nightclub was on the minds of Urbana churchgoers as they remembered transgender people who were violently killed. Nearly 50 people gathered Sunday night at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Urbana-Champaign. The vigil was already scheduled to remember transgender people murdered within the last year but had extra […]

State Rep. Chris Miller reflects on January 6, analyzes midterm elections in IPM interview

URBANA — State Representative Chris Miller of Illinois’ 110th district won re-election in last week’s midterms. He ran unopposed and will soon serve his third term in office. Miller, the Coles County Republican, attended the “Save America” rally in Washington D.C. on January 6, 2021, which preceded the attack on the U.S. Capitol Building. A […]

Noose found at Obama Presidential Center construction site

CHICAGO — The firm building the Obama Presidential Center has suspended operations there after a noose was found at the Chicago site, and it’s offering a $100,000 reward to help find who was responsible. Lakeside Alliance, a partnership of Black-owned construction firms, said Thursday it reported the incident to the police. It says it has […]

Champaign-Urbana community members pay respects during the Day of the Dead

URBANA – El Dia De Los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, originated in Mexico to remember those who have passed away. The holiday takes place on November 1st and 2nd. Although the holiday originated in Mexico, it has started to be developed in other countries.  La Casa Cultural Latina was able to share a […]

University of Illinois organizations educate peers on immigrant communities

When immigrants arrive in Urbana-Champaign, local organizations ensure those without resources receive beds, baby clothes and diapers. The Hermandad de Sigma Iota Alpha, Inc. and I-CAUSE, a student organization that supports DACA students, hosted an event on November 2nd to educate peers about the immigrant community outside of campus. Visitors at the event were able […]

Barred from Medicaid, some pregnant immigrants have few options for care

DES MOINES, Ia. — Last spring, two pregnant women who had recently arrived from Myanmar showed up at Abigail Sui’s home in Des Moines, Iowa. They needed help finding prenatal care. Sui, a program director for EMBARC, an Iowa-based nonprofit that supports immigrants, figured she could help these women navigate the health care system. “Because […]

Savoy asks Unit 4 school district to reinstate neighborhood schools

SAVOY — The Savoy Village Board voted unanimously on Tuesday to recommend the Champaign Unit 4 School District reinstate neighborhood schools. The Savoy Board of Trustees said they were reflecting concerns Savoy parents had brought to them.  “I believe what you’re all saying is that you want to promote neighborhood schools with a goal of […]

Latinos create change in rural Central Illinois community

ARCOLA – Drive a half-hour south of I-57 from Champaign and you’ll arrive in Arcola. The small town is in a part of the state known for its Old Order Amish community, centered around the nearby town of Arthur. Now, Latinos in Arcola are increasing in population and power. It’s close to lunchtime, and doors […]

Where are central Illinois students recovering fastest from COVID-19 learning loss?

MATTOON — Black and Hispanic students are learning more quickly in the Mattoon school district than in any other school district in east central Illinois. The Illinois State Board of Education published information on student growth  Thursday alongside its 2022 Illinois Report Card. The state calculated growth for local schools and districts by measuring student […]

Democratic candidate Paul Lange supports strong welfare state, gradual approach to climate change in IPM interview

SPRINGFIELD — In Illinois’ newly redrawn 15th congressional district, Congresswoman Mary Miller is up for re-election. Miller topped fellow incumbent Rodney Davis in the Republican primary in June. Miller will face Democratic challenger Paul Lange, a former precinct committeeman and commodities broker from Quincy, Illinois, in the November midterm election. Lange spoke to Illinois Newsroom’s […]

What are Champaign Unit 4 schools doing for Black families?

CHAMPAIGN — As the Champaign Unit 4 School District debates further desegregating its schools, many parents have asked — what else is the district is doing to advance racial equity? Unit 4 Superintendent Shelia Boozer answered that question at Monday’s Board of Education meeting. “Unit 4 does an amazing job. No matter which building you’re […]