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.

Sarah Powers-Barnhard (left) and Julie Romias (center) testify at the Senate hearing.
Blueroom Stream
May 23, 2018

Illinois Senate Tackles Sexual Assault In Youth Sports

More than 260 girls and young women came forward to tell their stories of sexual assault by former USA Olympic doctor Larry Nassar, who is currently serving multiple prison sentences for the abuse. The trial resulted in more than a prison sentence and settlement money for victims. It shined a light on the mishandling of sexual assault reports by young athletes. And last week, Illinois took center stage in this national issue.

Wilson Chemweno (left) and Tesfaalem Mehari enter Memorial Stadium for the finish of the Christie Clinic Illinois Marathon. The two would tie for first with a time of 2:21:03.
Tim Gilmore/Illinois Public Media
April 30, 2018

Illinois Marathon Men’s Race Ends In Tie

The co-winners, Tesfaalem Mehari of Colorado Springs and Wilson Chemweno of Kenya, both finished with a time of 2:21:03, just five seconds faster than third place finisher William Fladland of Anoka, Minnesota.

Proponents of HB4341 testify at a hearing held by the Illinois House Mental Health Committee in Springfield on Thursday..
Jaclyn Driscoll/NPR Illinois
March 01, 2018

Dave Duerson Act Heads For Debate On IL House Floor

Legislation to ban organized tackle football for children under the age of 12 is headed to consideration before the full Illinois House. The House Mental Health Committee voted 11-9 Thursday to advance the legisation, which is named in memory of the late Chicago Bears football player Dave Duerson.

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