Marijuana plants

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April 26, 2019 - News Local/State

Illinois Issues: Can Legal Marijuana Business Deliver On Diversity?

Politicians spearheading the effort to legalize recreational marijuana say revenue isn’t the driving force. It’s about promoting justice for people of color who have been unfairly targeted by the war on drugs. But, the lack of diversity and transparency in Illinois’ medical marijuana program causes some concern.

Students at Bradley Bourbonnais Community High School have asked why their district has no Black teachers.

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March 27, 2019 - News Local/State

(Teacher) Testing 1, 2, 3…

Illinois lawmakers are considering a variety of bills that would change the requirements to earn a teaching certificate.



March 27, 2019 - News Local/State

For Black Women, Access To Birth Control Comes With Heavy Baggage

Some doctors see access to birth control as a tool in the fight to decrease maternal and infant mortality. Indiana has one of the nation’s worst rates of new mothers and infants dying, and those rates are even worse for black women. But a history of abuse has led to distrust of health care professionals in communities of color. 

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February 22, 2019 - News Local/State

Racial Harassment Lawsuit Expanded To Entire U Of I System

A class action lawsuit against the University of Illinois’ Urbana campus has been expanded to include the U of I’s campuses in Springfield and Chicago. The lawsuit includes multiple allegations of racial harassment against black U of I employees.


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February 19, 2019 - News Local/State

Exploring The Link Between Racism, Trauma and Mental Health

Research shows African-Americans are less likely to access treatment for mental illness. Cultural norms and the stigma associated with having a mental illness are partly to blame, according to Shardé Smith, assistant professor of human development and family studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

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