Bloomington Man Facing Eviction Over Black Lives Matter Flag

BLOOMINGTON — A central Illinois man said he’s facing eviction for hanging a Black Lives Matter flag on his apartment balcony. Donavon Burton of Bloomington says he began displaying the flag last month to protest the deaths of Blacks in police custody. On June 29, the 22-year-old Burton received a notice of eviction from First […]

Hundreds March For Black Lives In Downtown Champaign

CHAMPAIGN – Hundreds of protesters gathered in downtown Champaign Sunday to march and rally for all Black lives, especially those in the LGBTQ community. The group Champaign All Black Lives Matter, along with the UP Center, organized the event, which started and finished at West Side Park. Organizer Enddy Almonord says Sunday’s event emphasized the […]

C-U Commemorates Juneteenth With Peace Walk, Celebration

CHAMPAIGN – Champaign-Urbana residents celebrated Juneteenth on Friday afternoon with a peaceful march and a small festival in Beardsley Park. Juneteenth is celebrated every year on June 19th, and commemorates the day in 1865 when some of the last enslaved people in the Confederacy were emancipated.  HV Neighborhood Transformation (HVNT) organized the inaugural Juneteenth event, […]

Protests Against Racism Come To Small IL Towns As Well

MONTICELLO – Peaceful protests against racism and police brutality not only took place Saturday in cities like Chicago and Champaign, but also in small Illinois towns like Monticello.  The Piatt County Journal-Republican reports 500 people gathered in downtown Monticello on Saturday. The community of 5,500 sits along I-72 in Piatt County.  Demonstrators held signs like “Black […]

News Around Illinois – June 8, 2020

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Illinois Reports 867 New Coronavirus Cases, 43 New Deaths SPRINGFIELD — The Illinois Department of Public Health is reporting 867 new confirmed cases of the coronavirus, bringing the total number of cases in the state to 127,757. The department on Sunday reported 43 additional deaths from the disease in the past 24 hours, raising that […]