January 02, 2015

Report Looks At LGBT Equality In Cities

Same sex marriage took effect in Illinois in 2014, and while our state has joined the ranks of others that offer an increased amount of rights and protections to the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community, cities differ in laws and policies that promote equality.


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Activists rally outside the Champaign County Courthouse Tuesday in solidarity with those in Ferguson, Missouri.
Hannah Meisel/WILL
November 25, 2014

Activists Stage Ferguson Sympathy Rally In Urbana

Activists in Champaign-Urbana rallied Tuesday in solidarity with those in Ferguson, Missouri. Citizens see parallels between the two areas, with regard to the relationship between law enforcement and the black community.


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October 31, 2014

What Is Marsy’s Law?

Illinois map with letters spelling Mary's Law for IllinoisAmong the items Illinois voters will be asked to weigh in on at the polls Tuesday is approving the Crime Victims Bill of Rights.

This amendment to the state's Constitution will add two components to an existing list of rights of a victim of violent crime: That victim safety be considered as part of release decisions and that victims' privacy be reinforced when it comes to personal records--like diaries.

Illinois Public Media's Hannah Meisel spoke with Jennifer Bishop-Jenkins, director of Marsy's Law for Illinois. In 1990, Bishop-Jenkins' sister and brother-in-law were murdered, along with her sister's unborn child. She says Marsy's Law will add protections for victims that exist in many other states.

The amendment passed the Illinois House and Senate with very little opposition in the Spring. Bishop-Jenkins says those who oppose the law mistakenly think that adding rights for victims of a crime would take away rights of the accused.

"They have expressed concern that there is a zero-sum game, if you will, between victims' rights and the rights of the accused," she said. "That's just wrong."


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Supporters of Steven Salaita hold signs and chant outside the Academic Senate meeting on Monday.
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September 23, 2014

Salaita Supporters Say Would-Be Professor’s Case Is Far From Over

Supporters of a would-be University of Illinois professor say they're not going to stop protesting a week and a half after the Board of Trustees voted to not hire Steven Salaita. A few dozen of the professor's allies on campus showed up to rally and speak at an Academic Senate meeting Monday.


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September 01, 2014

Americans Detained In North Korea Call For US Help

North Korea has given foreign media access to three detained Americans who said they have been able to contact their families and --- watched by officials as they spoke --- called for Washington to send a representative to negotiate for their freedom.  


Demonstrators in Ferguson, Missouri.
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August 23, 2014

Another Peaceful Night In Ferguson

Relative calm and restraint prevailed for a third consecutive night on the streets of Ferguson, Mo., as confrontations subside between authorities and those protesting the fatal police shooting of an unarmed black 18-year-old.


Capt. Ron Johnson with Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon
(AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
August 15, 2014

Ferguson Police Release Name Of Officer Who Shot Michael Brown

Ferguson Police Chief Thomas Jackson says the officer who shot and killed unarmed black teenager Michael Brown last Saturday is Darren Wilson, a six-year veteran of the force who has no disciplinary actions on his record with the department.


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