Senate passes anti-lynching bill and sends federal hate-crimes legislation to Biden

WASHINGTON — The Senate unanimously passed a bill on Monday that criminalizes lynching and make it punishable by up to 30 years in prison. It sailed through the House of Representatives last month, and President Biden is expected to sign it. While it eased through both chambers of Congress this time with virtually no opposition, […]

Emmett Till investigation closed by feds; no new charges

Emmett Till

JACKSON, Miss.  — The U.S. Justice Department is ending its investigation into the 1955 lynching of the Black teenager Emmett Till. The announcement came Monday after officials spoke to his relatives. Till was killed after witnesses said he whistled at a white woman in Mississippi. The killing galvanized the civil rights movement after Till’s mother […]

Emmett Till Marker In Mississippi Toppled But Not Vandalized

JACKSON, Miss. — An Emmett Till historical marker in Mississippi will be repaired after being knocked off the pole that supports it. That’s according to Allan Hammons, president of an advertising agency that made the sign. A previous version of this metal sign was vandalized and another Till historical marker in the area was shot […]

Chicago Grants Emmett Till’s South Side Home Landmark Status

CHICAGO — The Chicago home of Emmett Till, the Black teenager whose 1955 lynching galvanized the civil rights movement, has been granted landmark status. The Chicago City Council on Wednesday approved an ordinance that protects the South Side home from demolition. Till was 14 in the summer of 1955 when he went to visit family […]

News Around Illinois – March 23, 2020

News Around Illinois Cover

Illinois COVID-19 Cases Top 1,000 URBANA – The Illinois Department of Public Health reported 296 new cases of coronavirus disease in Illinois. The number of cases now stands at 1,049 in 30 counties.  There are also three new deaths: a Cook County man in his 80s, a Chicago man in his 80s and a woman […]