Construction workers are building the foundation for new tracks at a train crossing at Ash and Third streets in Springfield. The city is hoping for money in an infrastructure bill to pay for the rest of the project.

Mary Hansen/Illinois Newsroom

News Local/State - May 31, 2019

Why There’s A Push To Change How Illinois Funds Road Projects

For decades, lawmakers would trade votes to get a new bridge in their district for a tough vote on a tax increase to fund infrastructure. But legislators are considering a proposal to get rid of that practice.

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

News Local/State - May 29, 2019

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

News Local/State - May 10, 2019

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

News Local/State - May 08, 2019

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

News Local/State - April 29, 2019

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.

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