Participants in Saturday's Women's March in downtown Champaign make their way down Park Avenue.
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January 21, 2017

An Estimated 5,000 Attend Women’s March In Downtown Champaign

On a day that has seen huge crowds in cities across the country, the Champaign County Young Democrats brought out an estimated 5,000 people to protest Friday's inauguration of President Donald Trump. Following a series of speeches in Westside Park Saturday, the group made its way through downtown Champaign. The event was touted as an official sister march to the national Women's March on Washington.


Urbana resident Bryton Mellott (middle) addresses the media, along with ACLU of Illinois attorney Rebecca Glenberg and spokesperson Ed Yohnka.
Jeff Bossert/Illinois Public Media
January 12, 2017

Urbana Man Arrested In 2016 Flag-Burning Incident Files Lawsuit

Bryton Mellott, who was arrested last July for burning an American flag and posting pictures of it on Facebook, has filed a federal lawsuit against four Urbana police officers. He wants to see Illinois' flag descreation law officially declared unconstitutional. The 22-year old Urbana resident says he burned the flag in response to the current political climate, and mass shootings, including the incident that claimed 49 lives at a gay nightclub in Orlando last summer.


More than 300 students rallied by the U of I's alma mater statue Friday, in protest of the election of Donald Trump as president.
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November 11, 2016

Anti-Trump Rally Held On U Of I Campus

We’ve seen rallies in cities around the country following the election of Donald Trump as president - including Friday on the campus of the University of Illinois. More than 300 from groups like the Mexican Student Association and Students Against Sexual Assualt addressed the crowd before marching on the Urbana campus quad. The peaceful rally was promoted as way to come together in solidarity against white supremacy, racism, and overall acts of oppression.


Foellinger Auditorium on the main quad of the U of I's Urbana campus.
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November 10, 2016

U of I Students Report Threats, Harassment After Election

A University of Illinois professor says students of color on the Urbana campus have reported being threatened and harassed after the presidential election.

Latino/Latina Studies Professor Julie Dowling says she's heard students describe seeing a knife flashed at a Muslim student and other cases of harassment.


About 150 students listen to a series of speakers during Friday's rally at the U of I alma mater statue.
Jeff Bossert/Illinois Public Media
September 09, 2016

U Of I Groups Demand Changes In Demographics, Wages, Life For LGBT Students

More than 20 student groups on the University of Illinois' Urbana campus ralled Friday, unveling its 'Demands for a Transformed University.'  Areas addressed before about 150 students included racial and economic demographics on campus, wages of U of I employees, and gender and sexuality-based demographics.


Pride flag superimposed with two male stick figures and one of a child
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August 03, 2016

LGBT Foster Children; Lost And Found Dogs; Precision Medicine; Pencils World Record

On the 21st: We talked about the outreach that the Illinois Department of Family Services is making to the broader LGBT community to help place LGBT children in foster and adoptive homes. Also, we had the story of a Belvidere woman whose dog was missing for more than a month - and the happy ending helped along by strangers. Plus, we learned about the White House initiative on precision medicine and checked in on the attempt in Chillicothe at a world record for the longest line of pencils.


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