RACES Executive Director Mary Evans addresses reporters outside her agency's Urbana office Thursday.

Jeff Bossert/Illinois Public Media

News Local/State - May 12, 2016

Rape Crisis Center Reducing Operations To 24-Hour Hotline

Urbana-based RACES, or Rape Advocacy, Counseling, & Education Services, says the 11-month budget impasse has forced the agency to cut services like one-on-one counseling, and medical advocacy.  A part-time employee, funded by the local United Way, will help maintain the agency's 24-hour crisis hotline. 

The 21st Show - May 12, 2016

Homeless Youth In Illinois; The Cahokia Mounds; NPR’s Kelly McEvers

On The 21st: What is the experience of being a homeless youth in Illinois? We talked with one formerly homeless youth and those trained to help. Also, Sen. Durbin and others say the Cahokia Mounds should be named a National Monument. And NPR's Kelly McEvers talked about her new podcast.

Signs on the door for the RACES agency in Urbana.

Jeff Bossert/Illinois Public Media

News Local/State - May 11, 2016

Illinois House Proposes $700M For Human Service Programs

Democrats are proposing $700 million to partially finance various human service programs that have gone without state funding since last summer because there's no budget. A House committee on
Wednesday unanimously advanced the bill to the full chamber.

Portrait of Erik McDuffie

U of I Department of African-American Studies

News Local/State - May 11, 2016

Campus Groups Use ‘Freedom Forum’ To Respond To Recent Racial Incidents

Swastikas spray-painted on three campus buildings.  A white groundskeeper tossing a noose on a worktable used by a black co-worker.  Chalk messages saying “Build the Wall” and “Trump Deportation Force” written on sidewalks in front of the building that houses the Department of Latina/Latino Studies.  Associate Professor of African-American Studies Erik McDuffie discusses these University of Illinois Urbana campus incidents and the "Freedom Forum" his department hosted in response with Illinois Public Media's Brian Moline.

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