Illinois

Illinois Becomes First State In US To Eliminate Cash Bail That Discriminates Against Poor, People Of Color

Bail reform opponents warn that violent crime would increase, but reform advocates say the data disagrees.
09/19/2023

Illinois Governor Signs 'Racism Free Schools' Act Into Law

The legislation requires Illinois schools “to create, implement, and maintain at least one written policy prohibiting discrimination.
08/08/2023

Biden To Establish National Monument Honoring Emmett Till And Mamie Till-Mobley

Till’s death and his mother’s activism was a catalyst to the Civil Rights Movement, now a monument to them will be erected.
07/24/2023

7 Places Where Reparations Task Forces Are Moving The Issue Forward

Several municipalities are addressing the legacy of slavery with reparations and are taking a variety of approaches.
04/26/2023

Illinois Governor Notes 'White Supremacy Symbol' Connected To Accused July Fourth Mass Shooter

Gov. J.B. Pritzker responded to complaints that Chicago shootings don’t receive equal attention as the Highland Park incident.
07/11/2022

Evanston, Illinois Selects First Group of Black Residents To Receive Reparations After Decision To Make Cash Payments

The Chicago suburb issued $25,000 payments, which must be used for home purchases, home improvement or mortgage assistance.
06/23/2022

Illinois Teen Says He Was Bribed By Cops With McDonald’s Into Confession

Martell Williams, wrongly accused in a shooting, demands a public apology.
02/23/2022

New Law Facilitates Removal Of Racist Clauses In Illinois Homeowner Deeds

Racial covenants were once used to keep certain neighborhoods white.
01/24/2022

Jelani Day’s Mother, Rev. Jesse Jackson Call For A State Or Federal Investigation Into The Illinois Student’s Death

They rejected the newly released coroner’s autopsy report, which they called ‘insulting.’
10/27/2021
Jelani Day on BET Buzz 2021

Jelani Day’s Mother Clears Up ‘Organ Harvesting’ Misconceptions About Her Son’s Death

Carmen Bolden Day wants the mystery solved.
10/13/2021

As Jelani Day’s Family Seeks Justice, Coroners Uncover Gruesome Details

Few details have emerged in the probe of his death.
10/13/2021