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Income tax amendment to be on ballot for Illinoisans in November.

By Ryan Scott, Staff Reporter

September 20, 2020

This November, Illinois voters will vote yes or no on an amendment to decide if the flat tax rate in Illinois will be changed. 

Photo of the Day: Douglas Park to be renamed

The Springfield Park District in Springfield, IL has decided to rename Douglas Park due to the name being associated to the late Sen. Stephen Douglas. Stephen Douglas became a senator in the late 1840's, where he remained until his death in 1861 . Monuments and other properties that share his name and/or likeness in Illinois  have been under review because of Douglas' connections and profiting off of slavery. The Springfield Park District voted 7-0 in favor of the change on Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2020. In the past month, officials at the Illinois State Capitol building, have also decided to take down the Stephen Douglas statue that currently resides on the east side of the building on the capital grounds. The removal process of the statue is already underway, but the renaming of the park is to be determined. This photo was taken on Sunday, Apr. 5, 2020 in Springfield, IL.

By Jared Treece, Staff Photographer

September 18, 2020

The Springfield Park District in Springfield, IL has decided to rename Douglas Park due to the name being after the late Sen. Stephen Douglas.

Q&A with Jackson County State’s Attorney candidate Joe Cervantez

SIU alumni Joe Cervantez, Jackson County State's Attorney candidate, marches with protesters and later gave a speech about how has has dealt with systematic  racism first hand as a defense attorney during the March on Washington  event that was put on by four different local organizations on Friday, Aug. 28, 2020 in Carbondale, IL.

By Nick Hasenstab, Staff Reporter

September 17, 2020

Joe Cervantez  served in the Carbondale community as an attorney for eight years and will be running against the incumbent State’s Attorney Michael Carr who has been serving since he was elected in 2012.

Animal rehabilitation in the midst of a pandemic

Although TreeHouse does have some permanent bobcat residents, their goal is to rescue, rehabilitate, and release. This bobcat kitten is being raised to be released back into the wild. In order to do so, the clinic takes precautions and limits the amount of human interaction that it receives to ensure that it will have its best chance in the wild.
Aug. 30, 2020, TreeHouse Wildlife Center, Dow, IL.

By Leah Sutton, Photo Editor

September 12, 2020

Like nonprofits around the world, wildlife rehabilitation clinics have had to make major adjustments because of COVID-19. Some of these adjustments include reducing the number of volunteers in the facilities, having to operate with less funding, and caring for many more animals in need than in years past. 

Photo of the Day: Remembering the March on Washington

Sunflowers placed at the base of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. statue on Sunday in downtown Springfield, IL, just two days after, the 57th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.'s March on Washington, where he delivered his famous

By Jared Treece, Staff Photographer

September 1, 2020

unflowers sit at the base of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. statue outside of the capitol in Springfield, IL Aug. 30 just two days after, the 57th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.'s March on Washington, where he delivered his famous "I Have a Dream" speech.

Some say new Title IX regulations may have holes that prove harmful to survivors

Some say new Title IX regulations may have holes that prove harmful to survivors

By Tamar Mosby, Editor

August 31, 2020

Earlier this year, on May 9., U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos announced a new set of Title IX regulations that are to be enforced starting in the fall semester of 2020. The original Title IX laws were passed in 1972 and made to prevent sex discrimination on campuses across the nation. The new statutes introduced by DeVos expand on issues dealing with both victims of sexual misconduct and those accused of misconduct. 

Photo of the Day: Blue Heron Sighting in SOIL

A great blue heron walking by the water at Crab Orchard Lake Marina on August 15, 2020, in Carbondale, Il.

August 17, 2020

A great blue heron walking by the water at Crab Orchard Lake Marina on August 15, 2020, in Carbondale, Il. (Ana Luiza Jacome | @aluizaphotography)

‘My child my choice:’ Demonstrators gather to protest mask mandate in schools

Kids hold signs at the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) building as protestors speak about the ISBE's mask guidelines for the schools for the fall semester on Saturday, July 25, 2020 in Springfield, IL.

By Kallie Cox, Editor in Chief

July 25, 2020

Around 150 demonstrators gathered at the Illinois state capitol to voice their opposition to state guidelines requiring students to wear masks when they return to school. 

Gallery: Hope for Change – Anna, IL

Janet Gomez, 18, left, of Cobden, IL and Aveon Winfield, 21, right, of Grand Chain, IL participate in a Black Lives Matter demonstration in the town of Anna, Illinois, Thursday, June 4, 2020.

June 8, 2020

About 150 Black Lives Matter demonstrators marched through the town to protest the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis, and in the hopes of bringing more awareness to the issue of race relations in the United States, and especially the town of Anna. The demonstration marked the first of its kind ever in this area of Southern Illinois. Since the turn of the 20th century, Anna, IL has carried the grim reputation of being a "sundown town" - a product of the Jim Crow era, which meant African Americans weren't allowed after dark. Over time, A-N-N-A became known as an acronym that stood for: "Ain't No [N-word] Allowed." Present day Anna is still viewed as one of the more racist towns in Southern Illinois, however there seem to be enough residents that would like to overcome this reality and allow for positive change to arrive and flourish.

‘This has been historic’- Carbondale community comes together to protest police brutality

Michael Coleman and Travis Washington, lead the Black Lives Matter march Friday, June 5, 2020 down South Illinois Ave.

By Kallie Cox, News Editor

June 5, 2020

Hundreds gathered at the Carbondale Civic Center on Friday to protest police brutality and demand justice for the death of George Floyd. 

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