The Urbana District 116 Board of Education and administrators during a public meeting of the board held on Nov. 20, 2018.

Lee V. Gaines/Illinois Public Media

November 21, 2018

Urbana Schools Staff Criticize School Board Over Audit Report

The Urbana District 116 Board of Education faced criticism from staff members at school board meeting Tuesday night following recent reports from Illinois Public Media that they requested an audit of district hiring practices. The audit targeted a handful of positions mostly held by people of color.


People hold candles as they gather for a vigil in the aftermath of a deadly shooting at the Tree of Life Congregation, in the Squirrel Hill neighborhood of Pittsburgh, Saturday, Oct. 27, 2018.

Matt Rourke/Associated Press

October 28, 2018

Pittsburgh Synagogue Shooting Victims Identified

At a press conference Sunday morning, officials said victims of a shooting rampage at a Pittsburgh synagogue range in age from 54 to 97. All but two of the victims were over the age of 65, and include one married couple, and two brothers. Six others were wounded, including four police officers.


Melody Benjamin works as a personal assistant for her mother Mae Benjamin.

Courtesy of Melody Benjamin

September 25, 2018

Illinois Issues: The Janus Effect - Will African-American Women Pay?

Some experts say black women could feel financial pain if union membership declines as a result of a recent U.S. Supreme Court decision, which decreed that public sector unions can no longer force workers they represent to pay fees in lieu of union dues. But conservative groups are cheering Janus v. AFSCME as a victory for workers’ free speech rights.


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