Senator Kimberly Lightford prepares to speak with reporters about raising the minimum wage on November 19th.

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December 04, 2014

Illinois Senate Passes Minimum Wage Bill

The Illinois Senate has passed legislation that would raise the state's minimum wage, but it happened after the House adjourned Wednesday.


Harvard Law Professor Charles Ogletree speaks with a lecture attendee Wednesday at the U of I.

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December 03, 2014

Harvard Law Professor Charles Ogletree Talks Racial Injustice In America

Harvard Law Professor Charles Ogletree speaks with a lecture attendee Wednesday at the U of IThe deaths this summer of two African American men at the hands of white police officers again brought racial tension to the national spotlight; The death of unarmed black teen Michael Brown in Ferguson resulted in a decision to not indict Officer Darren Wilson last month, and on Wednesday, a grand jury in New York decided to not charge NYPD Officer Daniel Pantaleo in the choking death of Eric Garner.

Protests and rallies nationwide aim to drive home the same point: Racial inequality is alive and well, and exacerbated by the American justice system.

Illinois Public Media's Hannah Meisel spoke with race relations expert and Harvard Law School professor Charles Ogletree about where the country goes from here.

Ogletree was on campus Wednesday, where he led a talk sponsored by the University of Illinois' African American Studies Department.

The professor told his own anecdotes of being racially profiled, saying that despite his success in life, he's still subjected to being pulled over under suspicious circumstances, or looked at with a presumption of guilt.


Roey Gilad, Israeli Consul General to the Midwest

(photo courtesy Israeli Consul General to the Midwest

December 03, 2014

Israeli Diplomat Discusses Mideast Politics, Salaita Controversy

Israel's top diplomat in the Midwest today weighed in on the political upheaval in his country and the challenges facing Israel both inside and outside of its borders. He also talked about the University of Illinois' board of trustees decision to rescind a job offer to Steven Salaita after the Palestinian-American professor made controversial remarks about Israel on Twitter. 


inside an exam room

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December 03, 2014

Illinois Could Create Its Own State Health Exchange

Illinois may soon take on the responsibility of running its own healthcare marketplace under the Affordable Care Act. The General Assembly is working against a New Year's deadline to create its own exchange, or risk losing millions of dollars from the federal government.


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