Holly Clingan crouches down to look through boxes of books removed from the EJP library at the Danville Correctional Center in an office on the University of Illinois campus.

Lee V. Gaines / Illinois Newsroom

May 29, 2019 - News Local/State

Illinois Prison Removes More Than 200 Books From Prison Library

Staff at the Danville Correctional Center in east-central Illinois removed about 200 books from a college in prison program's library earlier this year. A majority of the books removed from Education Justice Project's library are about race.


Part of letter the Granite City Police Department sent to a landlord instructing them to evict a tenant, using crime-free housing rules.

Alex Coleman/Illinois Newsroom

May 10, 2019 - News Local/State

With Crime-Free Rules, Tenants Evicted After Overdose Calls

In one town in the Metro East, across the Mississippi River from St. Louis, police are forcing landlords to evict tenants who have called for help during an overdose because they have heroin or other controlled substances in their rental property.


Vicki White, president of Chicago Books to Women in Prison, reads a letter sent from an incarcerated woman. She is standing in a room lined with bookcases and book shelves full of books.

Lee V. Gaines / Illinois Newsroom

May 08, 2019 - News Local/State

Illinois Prison System Requests Huge Increase In Education Funding

Last year, the department requested and received $7,000 to spend on educational supplies. This year, the agency requested $350,000, according to Lindsey Hess, a spokesperson for IDOC.

If the proposed budget is approved by state lawmakers, IDOC Director John Baldwin said a portion of the funding would be used to purchase books for state prisons.


An employee at the Night Ministry talks with two residents of the program while they sit on a couch in a meeting room.

Vincent Johnson/The Night Ministry

April 29, 2019 - News Local/State

The Fight Over What It Means To Be Homeless — And How That Could Affect Illinois

Just because someone has four walls around them every night, that doesn’t mean they’re housed. That’s what Paul Hamann believes. He’s the president and CEO of the Night Ministry, a Chicago-based non-profit that provides shelter and healthcare services to the homeless.


Four young people sitting down in a conference room to talk about their experience as homeless unaccompanied youth.

Lee V. Gaines / Illinois Newsroom

April 10, 2019 - News Local/State

Schools Can Help Homeless Kids — But Only If They Find Them

Melissa Esparza is one of about 700,000 teens — or one in 30 high schoolers aged 13 to 17 — who experience unaccompanied homelessness in a given year, according to data from Chapin Hall, a policy and research center based at the University of Chicago. The center also estimates that one in 30 kids between 13 and 17 experience unaccompanied homelessness — meaning they lack both a stable residence and a parent or guardian.


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