Advocates Continue To Push For Equitable Energy Bill

The language in a comprehensive energy bill aimed at moving Illinois to a carbon-free future has undergone a multitude of revisions, yet the foundation of equity within the bill has remained mostly untouched throughout the process. Nearly 50 legislators identifying themselves as the “green caucus” expressed their motives in a letter to the governor – […]

Video Shows Chicago Teen Wasn’t Holding Gun When Shot By Cop

CHICAGO  — Body camera footage of a Chicago police officer fatally shooting a 13-year-old boy last month shows the officer yelling “Drop it!” at the teen right before he opens fire. A still frame taken from Officer Eric Stillman’s jumpy nighttime footage released Thursday appears to show that Adam Toledo wasn’t holding anything and had […]

Agency Seeks Funding Increase For Criminal Justice Initiatives

SPRINGFIELD – A state agency related to criminal justice on Wednesday requested a funding increase to implement new policies and programs meant to improve racial equity and curb violence in Illinois, while the Illinois Department of Corrections outlined a decreased spending request. The Illinois Senate Appropriations Criminal Justice Committee heard testimony regarding budget appropriations for […]

Black Legislative Caucus Healthcare Bill Heads For State Senate

SPRINGFIELD – A healthcare bill spearheaded by the Illinois Legislative Black Caucus has passed out of the State House on a party line vote. Sponsors say the bill is meant to reckon with racial inequities in healthcare, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic. A previous attempt to pass a similar bill died at the end of the […]

Panel Approves ‘Culturally Responsive’ Teaching Standards

SPRINGFIELD – A legislative panel on Wednesday allowed the Illinois State Board of Education to move forward with new rules that call on colleges and universities in the state to change the way prospective teachers and administrators are trained in order to make them more accommodating to diverse students. On a party-line vote, the Joint […]

Biden White House Aims To Advance Racial Equity With Executive Actions

Updated at 3:33 p.m. ET WASHINGTON – Saying it’s time to act “because that’s what faith and morality require us to do,” President Biden on Tuesday signed four executive actions aimed at advancing racial equity for Americans the White House says have been underserved and left behind. Biden said Tuesday that the measures follow one […]

Champaign-Urbana Hosts Only Downstate Women’s March

CHAMPAIGN – On a day when Women’s Marches took place all across the country, hundreds of people gathered at West Side Park in Champaign on Saturday afternoon to participate in the movement. The C-U event was the only one registered in Illinois, outside of Chicago.  The rally kicked off with a series of speakers, including […]

Champaign Unit 4 Officials Propose Swapping Elementary School Campuses

To solve a host of problems the district faces, Champaign Unit 4 Schools officials recently proposed swapping two elementary school campuses. At a Unit 4 Board of Education meeting Monday night, the district’s superintendent, Susan Zola, suggested moving the International Prep Academy (IPA), a kindergarten through fifth grade bilingual program with majority Hispanic enrollment located on West […]