State Sen. Toi Hutchinson, D-Olympia Fields, on the floor of the Illinois Senate in 2017.

Brian Mackey/NPR Illinois

October 18, 2018

IL + #MeToo: On Bringing Diverse Voices To The Mix

This month marks a year since the Me Too movement went viral as a hashtag on social media (after having first been started in 2006 by Tarana Burke.) This week, we hear from several women in Illinois whose work in government has been affected. Today we hear from State Sen. Toi Hutchinson, a Democrat from Olympia Fields, which is in the Chicago area.


State Rep. Sara Wojcicki Jimenez sits behind a stack of reports and findings related to the House Sexual Discrimination and Harassment Task Force.

Rachel Otwell/NPR Illinois

October 17, 2018

IL + #MeToo: “You Can’t Legislate That”

This month marks a year since the Me Too movement went viral as a hashtag on social media (after having first been started in 2006 by Tarana Burke.) This week, we hear from several women in Illinois whose work in government has been affected. Today we hear from State Rep. Sara Wojcicki Jimenez of Springfield who is the Republican spokesperson for the House Sexual Discrimination and Harassment Task Force.


KCD Lower School Computer Lab (CC BY-NC 2.0)

October 16, 2018

More Illinois Schools Have Access To High-Speed Internet, But Some Still Suffer Without It

Access to high-speed internet stops about seven miles east of both Nippersink School District 2 and Richmond-Burton Community High School District 157, according to Tom Lind. He’s the superintendent of both districts, located near the border of Wisconsin —  about 70 miles northwest of Chicago.


Comptroller Susana Mendoza addresses a women's march earlier this year in Springfield.

Brian Mackey/NPR Illinois

October 16, 2018

IL + #MeToo: The Push For More Women In Politics

This month marks a year since the Me Too movement went viral as a hashtag on social media (after having first been started in 2006 by Tarana Burke.) This week, we hear from several women in Illinois whose work in government has been affected. The first woman we spoke to is Susana Mendoza, state Comptroller and member of the Illinois Anti-harassment Equality and Access Panel.


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