The United States Supreme Court justices. Top row (left to right): Associate Justice Sonia Sotomayor, Associate Justice Stephen G. Breyer, Associate Justice Samuel A. Alito, and Associate Justice Elena Kagan. Bottom row (left to right): Associate Jus
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June 25, 2015

In Fair Housing Act Case Supreme Court Upholds “Disparate Impact” Tool

The Supreme Court voted 5-4 to uphold the Fair Housing Act of 1968 and a tool called “disparate impact,” which means that either an individual or institution only has to prove that a decision had a discriminatory impact. They do not have to prove that the discrimination was intentional.


beautifully arranged variety of vegetables
April 16, 2015

Food Deserts Spreading In Rural Areas

The U. S. Department of Agriculture describes a food desert as: a neighborhood or town without ready access to fresh, healthy, and affordable food. Instead of supermarkets and grocery stores, these communities may have no food access or are served only by fast food restaurants and convenience stores that offer few healthy, affordable food options.


Champaign City Building
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April 15, 2015

Voters at Town Meeting Authorize Sale of Buildings

City of Champaign Township officials say they need larger facilities that are more accessible to people with disabilities, and that there have been inquiries about their office buildings from potential buyers.


Travelers wait in line after several delays at O'Hare International Airport in Chicago.
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April 13, 2015

Are People Really Leaving Illinois In Droves?

Last year, Illinois was one of a handful of states that lost population. More than 90,000 people moved elsewhere.  It became a campaign issue for Governor when then candidate Bruce Rauner criticized the state's lack of friendliness to business, but the numbers don't mean mean there is a crisis, or even a real clamor, to leave the state.                    


October 23, 2014

Gary Killings Put Spotlight On Abandoned Buildings

The arrest of a northern Indiana man who police say confessed to killing seven women has put a spotlight on the large number of vacant homes in Gary and other U.S. cities that have faced hard times.  


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