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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. 

‘What is it that America is failing to hear?’- Hundreds drive through downtown Springfield to protest police brutality

Shawn Gregory, Springfield's Ward 2 Alderman (left) and  Sunshine Clemons Black Lives Matter organizer (middle) give speeches right before Sunday's Solidarity Procession on May 31st, 2020 in Downtown Springfield, IL.

By Kallie Cox, News Editor

May 31, 2020

Hundreds of cars drove through the streets of downtown Springfield today to protest police brutality following the death of George Floyd.

May 5 COVID-19 Update: Pritzker talks Restore Illinois, getting the state back on its feet

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.

By Jacob Lorenz, Staff Reporter

May 5, 2020

Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker discussed the Restore Illinois plan at his May 5 press conference.

May 4 COVID-19 Update: 41 ICU beds in use in Marion region

Shoppers leave Kroger supermarket, Carbondale, IL, Saturday, April 4, 2020.  Some shoppers opted to wear medical masks to help protect against the Covid-19 pandemic.




(Angel Chevrestt, 646.314.3206)

By Jacob Lorenz, Staff Reporter

May 4, 2020

Illinois has had 2,341 new cases of COVID-19 and 46 fatalities since May 3, Gov. JB Pritzker said during his daily press conference. 

April 28 COVID-19 Update: Highest 24 hour death count in Illinois, Polish medical delegation to assist state with COVID response

Signs indicating the closure of Giant City State Park due to the Coronavirus Disease 2019 pandemic, Makanda, IL, Saturday, April 4, 2020.  Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker, issued a statewide shelter-in-place order, effective March 21, 2020, closing all nonessential businesses, and barring all activities at state parks, fish and wildlife areas, recreational areas and historic sites.

(Angel Chevrestt, 646.314.3206)

By Jacob Lorenz, Staff Reporter

April 28, 2020

There are 2,219 new cases of COVID-19 and 144 deaths since April 27, Director of the Department of Illinois Public Health Dr. Ngozi Ezike said in the governor’s daily press conference. 

April 27 COVID-19 Update: CDC adds six new symptoms for coronavirus

Shoppers leave Kroger supermarket, Carbondale, IL, Saturday, April 4, 2020.  Some shoppers opted to wear medical masks to help protect against the Covid-19 pandemic.

By Jacob Lorenz, Staff Reporter

April 27, 2020

There are 1,980 new cases of COVID-19 and 50 deaths in Illinois since April 26, according to an announcement by Director of Illinois Public Health Dr. Ngozi Ezike at the governor’s daily press conference.

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