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At Risk in 3rd Year With No Illinois Budget? Students and Social Services

At Risk in 3rd Year With No Illinois Budget? Students and Social Services

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — More than 1 million Illinois residents are feeling the impact of the state’s unprecedented budget impasse, a situation that’s expected to worsen with the prospect of entering a third straight fiscal year without a spending plan.  State legislators adjourned this week without an agreement for the fiscal year that starts July […]

Transit Officer Asks Rider About Immigration Status, Sparks Outcry

Transit Officer Asks Rider About Immigration Status, Sparks Outcry

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minneapolis Metro Transit police are investigating an incident shown on video in which a transit officer asks a light-rail passenger about his immigration status. The agency announced it was investigating after Minneapolis artist Ricardo Levins Morales posted video of the incident to his Facebook page on May 19. Morales said the officer […]

America’s Next Leaders: A Chicago Teen Stands Up for the Homeless

Each year, Equal Voice News features “America’s Next Leaders”, a series that profiles the recipients of the Marguerite Casey Foundation’s Sargent Shriver Youth Warriors Against Poverty Leadership Award. The award honors young people who, in the spirit of Sargent Shriver, have demonstrated a deep commitment to social justice and have transformed that commitment into effective […]

America’s Next Leaders: Education Is Key for Chicago Youth

Each year, Equal Voice News features “America’s Next Leaders”, a series that profiles the recipients of the Marguerite Casey Foundation’s Sargent Shriver Youth Warriors Against Poverty Leadership Award. The award honors young people who, in the spirit of Sargent Shriver, have demonstrated a deep commitment to social justice and have transformed that commitment into effective […]

Protests Prompt Chicago Police Chief to Meet With Black Students

Protests Prompt Chicago Police Chief to Meet With Black Students

CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago’s police chief agreed on Nov. 11 to hold monthly meetings with a group of Black high school students who had planned a demonstration protesting an officer’s fatal shooting of a Black man and racist text messages distributed by students at another school. Superintendent Eddie Johnson has met with the group of […]

Chicago Renters Back ‘ROOTS’ as Solution to Affordable Housing

Chicago Renters Back ‘ROOTS’ as Solution to Affordable Housing

CHICAGO – In Roxanne Smith’s kitchen, a framed excerpt from Barack Obama’s 2008 Grant Park presidential victory speech hangs for all to see. “America, we have come so far,” it reads. “But there is so much more to do.” Smith, 60, has come a long way herself in recent years. In 2013, she faced potential homelessness […]

Illinois Creates New Protections in its Juvenile Justice System

Illinois Creates New Protections in its Juvenile Justice System

Grassroots advocates won new protections last week for youth charged with serious crimes in Illinois, including greater access to lawyers and video recordings of interrogations while they are in custody. On Aug. 22, Gov. Bruce Rauner approved legislation (SB 2370) designed to ensure that juveniles younger than 15 have legal representation if they are in […]

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