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The State of abortion in Illinois and road to repeal the Parental Notification Act

By Jamilah Lewis, Staff Reporter April 27, 2021
The repeal of the Parental Notification Act is the next push the Illinois legislature is doing to make reproductive healthcare accessible as possible to young people.
Two members of the Carbondale Interfaith Council make their way toward the Pulaski County Detention Center Sunday, Oct. 11, 2020, in Ullin, Ill.  Carrying bags of supplies for detainees, they presented them to the guard, but were rejected and turned away. The facility is an ICE owned detention center. Since COVID-19 hit, the facility itself has had an outbreak resulting in 78 confirmed cases of the virus. The Carbondale Interfaith Council held a prayer vigil outside of the detention center to pray for the detainees, their families, and the workers within the center.

ICE detainee alleges medical neglect at Pulaski County Detention Center

By George Wiebe, Staff Reporter April 24, 2021
William Russell, a 61 year old Jamaican immigrant, has been detained by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement since July, 2020.
Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker takes questions from the media on Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2020 at the School of Mass Communication and Media Arts at SIU.

125 Illinois National Guard members activated, protests expected to continue in Chicago

By Keaton Yates, Staff Reporter April 20, 2021
Governor Pritzker activated 125 Illinois National Guard members to assist Chicago Police in case of protests due to the Derek Chauvin trial and the death of 13-year-old Adam Toledo at the hands of police.
DCFS reports over 1,000 child deaths in Illinois over last decade

DCFS reports over 1,000 child deaths in Illinois over last decade

By Courtney Alexander, Staff Reporter April 15, 2021
The Office of the Inspector General, with the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services, released its annual 2021 report to the Governor and General Assembly. Although there’s been a decrease in the number of child deaths, the deaths over the decade left a mark.
How are we represented? An understanding of Illinois’ Congressional delegates and their voting records

How are we represented? An understanding of Illinois’ Congressional delegates and their voting records

By George Wiebe, Staff Reporter March 23, 2021
 The United States House of Representatives is made up of 435 members across the country, 18 come from the State of Illinois and these officials speak for their districts and represent the average person in the federal government.
REACH bill aims to require inclusive, comprehensive sex education in Illinois schools

REACH bill aims to require inclusive, comprehensive sex education in Illinois schools

By Elena Schauwecker, Staff Reporter March 6, 2021
Sex education is not required in Illinois public schools. In early February, Illinois lawmakers introduced a bill that will provide every K-12 student with a comprehensive sex education and implement a curriculum inclusive to LGBTQ students and non-traditional families. 
Illinois State Capital building seen from a rooftop in downtown Springfield, IL on Tuesday, Mar. 10, 2020.

The “Equality Act” passes the U.S. House of Representatives

By George Wiebe, Staff Reporter February 25, 2021
The United States House of Representatives passed H.R. 5, also known as the “Equality Act,” Thursday Feb. 25.
In this photo from September 2020, Rep. Adam Kinzinger, R- Ill., questions witnesses during a House Committee on Foreign Affairs hearing looking into the firing of State Department Inspector General Steven Linick, on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. (Kevin Dietsch/Pool/Getty Images/TNS)

Illinois Representative Kinzinger questions the current direction of the GOP

By George Wiebe, Staff Reporter February 12, 2021
Representative Adam Kinzinger (IL-16), has been a vocal detractor of former President Donald Trump following the Capitol insurrection on Jan. 6th, he was one of only ten Republicans to break party lines and vote in favor of impeachment. 
Crime bill would end cash bail but could expand electronic monitoring abuses

Crime bill would end cash bail but could expand electronic monitoring abuses

By Jason Flynn, Staff Reporter February 10, 2021
The omnibus crime bill that passed the Illinois general assembly in January, HB 3653, would eliminate cash bail if signed into law by Governor JB Pritzker, but civil libertarians worry the bill could lead to abuses in electronic monitoring. 
Carbondale Police and Fire responded to the scene on Monday, Sept. 2, 2019 at the railroad crossing at Route 13 and Main Street in Carbondale. At approximately 6 p.m. Carbondale Police responded to the railroad crossing in connection to an individual being struck by a train.

Who is Mathew Capsel? A look at an Illinois resident charged for his involvement in the Jan 6.

By Danny Connolly, Staff Reporter February 4, 2021
Mathew Capsel, from Marselies, Ill. was arrested on Jan. 27 multiple charges for endangering police, unlawfully entering a restricted building and resisting law enforcement. He posted on TikTok that he was pepper sprayed after charging the national guard’s riot shields, and multiple social media followers reported it to the FBI.  
Speaker Mike Madigan and Senate President John Cullerton listen as Gov. Bruce Rauner speaks about making changes in the state on Monday Jan. 12, 2015 at the Prairie Capital Convention Center in Springfield, Ill.

The end of an era: Speaker of the Illinois House Michael Madigan passes the gavel to Chris Welch

By Oreoluwa Ojewuyi, Staff Reporter January 31, 2021
Following four decades as Speaker of the Illinois House of Representatives, Michael Madigan passed the gavel to the first Black Speaker of the House Emanuel “Chris” Welch. Madigan announced he was suspending his campaign as Speaker of the House following a vote on January 10th.  
11 new cases of COVID-19 in Jackson County

11 new cases of COVID-19 in Jackson County

By Staff Report, News Desk January 28, 2021
Jackson County Health Department reported 11 new cases of COVID-19 on Jan. 28.
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