The 21st Show

Joint Chair of the IL Legislative Black Caucus on criminal justice and more


Photo courtesy Rep. Sonya Harper

There's a lot happening in Illinois politics. Members of the House Republican Caucus are calling for the repeal of changes to criminal law put in place last year. Those changes were part of the General Assembly’s response to calls for greater racial justice in the past couple years. Meanwhile, Gov. J-B Pritzker is expected to announce that Illinois’ pandemic mask requirement will be phased out in most settings. And more broadly in state government, the real work of the legislative session is about to begin in earnest, following last week’s budget address, and the return to in-person session following a month of delays related to the omicron wave and last week’s winter storm.

To talk about all this and more, we were joined by State Representative Sonya Harper, joint chair of the Illinois Legislative Black Caucus.


State Rep. Sonya Harper

Joint Chair, Illinois Legislative Black Caucus (D-Chicago)



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