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WILL - Illinois Public Media News - May 19, 2014

WILL Archive: Thurgood Marshall Discusses School Integration

By Sean Powers


(Duration: 3:59)

Pictured in this 1954 handout photo is Louis Redding, center, on the steps of the Supreme Court Building, in Washington, D.C., with other NAACP attorneys who argued the school segregation case, Brown vs. Board of Education, From left are, Special Cou

This month marks the 60th anniversary of Brown vs. Board of Education. The landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision outlawed “separate but equal” in public schools. Thurgood Marshall, who would later be appointed to the high court, argued the case. Two years after the ruling -- in 1956 -- Marshall visited the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign to talk about his work to end segregation and the challenges ahead. Marshall said despite efforts by detractors of integration, black and white students were meant to go to school under one roof.

NPR - Illinois Public Media News - May 16, 2014

Danville Inmate Who Killed Another Rethinks His Own Past

By NPR Staff


(Duration: 2:20)

Carlos Rocha

Carlos Rocha grew up in Chicago and became a gang member like his brothers. In 1998, he was arrested for weapons possession and sent to prison.  He earned more prison time after killing a fellow inmate.  Rocha was featured Friday in StoryCorps.

Categories: Criminal Justice, Law

Illinois Public Radio - Illinois Public Media News - May 14, 2014

Kilgore Addresses U Of I Trustees

By Hannah Meisel, with additional reporting from The Associated Press


(Duration: 5:11)

James Kilgore

University of Illinois instructor and 1970's-era radical James Kilgore says he's ashamed of his actions as a younger man but shouldn't be barred from teaching.  His teaching career remains in doubt as one of his contracts expires Thursday.

WILL - Illinois Public Media News - May 08, 2014

SURS Changing Interpretation Of Pension ‘Money Purchase’ Provision

By Jeff Bossert

The State Universities Retirement System says it’s changed its understanding of part of the state’s new pension law. It’s a move that should prevent many employees from losing part of their pension benefits if they don’t retire by June 30th.

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