A group of feminists chained themselves together outside the Illinois Senate chambers in Springfield, Ill., to show support for the ratification of the ERA in June 1982.

AP Photo / File

June 09, 2018

Illinois, which buried ERA decades ago, now its darling

In 1981, dozens of women descended upon the Illinois state Capitol with bread and other baked treats for legislators. On the annual “Stop-ERA Bread Day,” their message: Men who approve the Equal Rights Amendment can no longer count on their wives to tend to hearth and home.

The contents of a rape kit vary depending on the amount of evidence found on the victim.

Illinois State Police

May 25, 2018

Survivor Shares Experience With Rape Kit Testing

For this week’s Illinois Issues, we bring you a story about a measure that would train more nurses how to collect DNA evidence after a sexual assault for use in a criminal trial, often referred to as rape kits. Mary Cullen spoke with Melissa Souto about her experience undergoing the testing.

Sarah Powers-Barnhard (left) and Julie Romias (center) testify at the Senate hearing.

Blueroom Stream

May 23, 2018

Illinois Senate Tackles Sexual Assault In Youth Sports

More than 260 girls and young women came forward to tell their stories of sexual assault by former USA Olympic doctor Larry Nassar, who is currently serving multiple prison sentences for the abuse. The trial resulted in more than a prison sentence and settlement money for victims. It shined a light on the mishandling of sexual assault reports by young athletes. And last week, Illinois took center stage in this national issue.

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