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by La Risa Lynch
11:39am
Tue Sep 3, 2013

Activists Strategize After Senate Immigration Reform Bill Alienates Blacks, LGBT Community

Activists from the African and LGBT communities joined forces to hold a teach-in Saturday to discuss how efforts to overhaul U.S. immigration policy negatively affect their communities.

At issue are the diversity visa lottery program and the Uniting American Families Act (UAFA). Both programs provided a legal pathway for Africans and foreign-born gay spouses to come to the U.S. But the U.S. Senate bill eliminates the diversity visa program when it passed its version of the immigration bill back in June, and the UAFA was cut from the legislation.

Kim Hunt, executive director of Affinity Community Service (ACS), said the Senate could have passed “a really good bill” if it did not throw a lot of people under the bus, including the LGBT community. ACS is a social justice organization advocating for the Black LGBTQ community.

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by Ellyn Fortino
2:00pm
Tue Jul 2, 2013

Legal Experts: SCOTUS Decision Leaves Affirmative Action ‘Up In The Air’

Last week, the U.S. Supreme Court decided to send a case involving the University of Texas at Austin’s race-conscious admissions policy back to a lower court for a second look. We explore what the decision means for affirmative action programs in the nation's colleges and universities.

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by Ashlee Rezin
7:56pm
Tue Jun 25, 2013

SCOTUS Workplace Harassment Decision Likely To Hurt Workers Facing Discrimination

Victims of workplace harassment and discrimination suffered a major setback Monday, according to critics of the U.S. Supreme Court decision to not hold Ball State University (BSU) responsible for racial discrimination and harassment of an African American kitchen worker in 2005.

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by Ellyn Fortino
3:53pm
Mon Apr 8, 2013

Gun Control Advocates Hold People's Filibuster Against Concealed Carry

Gun control advocates held a people’s filibuster in Chicago today and called on Attorney General Lisa Madigan to appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court a December federal court ruling that struck down Illinois’ concealed carry ban.

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by Ellyn Fortino
1:04pm
Tue Feb 26, 2013

Halvorson, Steger Residents Blast Bloomberg SuperPAC Money On Election Day (VIDEO)

Freezing rain began to slick over the sidewalks this morning just as Democratic candidate for the 2nd congressional district Debbie Halvorson voted at the Steger Community Center.

Former congresswoman Halvorson is one of 18 candidates running in the special primary election today to replace Jesse Jackson Jr., who pled guilty last week to misusing campaign funds.

“The 2nd congressional district has been plagued for a long time with ethical problems, with corruption, and we have a chance to really close that chapter and start fresh,” Halvorson said just after casting her ballot.

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by Steven Ross Johnson
1:49pm
Mon Jul 9, 2012

Local Health Advocates Press Quinn For Illinois Health Exchange

Emboldened by the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling last month that upheld key elements within President Barack Obama’s Affordable Care Act of 2010, health reform advocates recently called on Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn to move quickly toward establishing a state-run health insurance exchange prior to the federal government’s January 1 deadline.

More than a hundred health, education and labor groups signed a letter sent to Gov. Quinn last week asking him to issue an executive order to implement an exchange in light of the Illinois General Assembly’s inability to develop a plan prior to the conclusion of its spring session in May.

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by Matthew Blake
6:04pm
Thu Jun 28, 2012

After ACA Ruling, Celebration And Uncertainty In Illinois

Illinois health care advocates, organized labor, and Democratic politicians cheered the U.S. Supreme Court's 5-4 ruling announced this morning that all major provisions of the landmark Affordable Care Act of 2010 are constitutional. But there are questions about how Illinois will set up its health care insurance exchange.

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