State Sen. Kimberly Lightford, a Maywood Democrat, is the chief sponsor of the minimum wage increase proposal.

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News Local/State - January 31, 2019

$15 Minimum Wage Talks Begin In Springfield

Illinois lawmakers are moving quickly to draft a plan for a minimum wage increase. But, there are competing ideas on how to approach it. 

Atiba Flemons, provided through his attorney

The 21st Show - January 30, 2019

U of I Sued By Black Employees; Sickle-Cell Gene Editing; The History Of Illinois’ Sundown Towns

On The 21st: A group of black employees have filed a class action lawsuit against the University of Illinois. They say they face regular racial harassment while on the job. And, for tens of thousands of Americans, living with sickle-cell disease can be excruciatingly painful and even deadly. Now, new gene therapy advancements have given a handful of patients hope for a symptom free life, and even a cure. Plus, have you seen the movie Green Book? It talks about sundown towns in the South, but it’s something that was actually a bigger issue for black citizens in Illinois. 

A photo from the court documents of a vehicle with a confederate flag parked in an employee parking lot on the University of Illinois Urbana campus. A plaintiff in the lawsuit reported the vehicle and the photo to the department in charge of investig

Atiba Flemons, provided through his attorney

News Local/State - January 29, 2019

Lawsuit: Racial Harassment Is ‘Standard Operating Procedure’ At U Of I

A lawsuit filed Monday in federal court includes numerous allegations of racial harassment of black employees at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. The plaintiffs allege in court documents racial harassment is U of I’s “standard operating procedure.”

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