protesters in Champaign

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June 30, 2018

In Champaign, Hundreds Turn Out To Protest Trump’s Immigration Policies

Amid sweltering heat with index values of well over 100 degrees, hundreds of demonstrators turned out to protest the separation of children and parents at the U.S-Mexico border. The demonstration was one of more than 700 planned across the country on Saturday.

Donte' Lotts of CU Fresh Start speaks in front of a crowd of people at the Douglass branch library.

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June 30, 2018

As Shootings Rise, Champaign-Urbana Leaders Grapple With Gun Violence

The group gathered at the Douglass branch of the Champaign Public Library for a special meeting of the Champaign Community Coalition. It was an opportunity, said facilitator Tracy Parsons, to brainstorm why shootings are on the rise, and what the community can do to curb the violence.

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.

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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.

Just-resigned House Speaker chief of staff Timothy Mapes and State Representative Lou Lang.

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June 06, 2018

Illinois House Speaker Aide Quits After Harassment Complaint

Timothy Mapes, the chief of staff to powerful Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan abruptly resigned Wednesday after an employee accused him of lewd comments and of mishandling complaints of sexual harassment.

Tommy Burns and Jack Johnson fighting for the heavyweight title in 1908. via Wikimedia Communis

May 26, 2018

Jack Johnson’s Niece Visits Grave After Posthumous Pardon

 The day after boxing great Jack Johnson was pardoned by President Donald Trump, his great-great niece went to his gravesite to mark the end of a decades-long effort to clear his name.

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