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10:08 am
Thu August 21, 2014

Durbin, Transportation Board, Vow To End Record Amtrak Delays

Senator Durbin (right), meets with STB Chairman Dan Elliott and Champaign Mayor Don Gerard Wednesday at the Illinois Terminal Building in Champaign.
Credit Jeff Bossert / WILL/Illinois Public Radio

U.S. Senator Dick Durbin is calling for renewed efforts to end delays on Amtrak routes in Illinois.

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State News
7:03 am
Mon July 7, 2014

Il voters to weigh in on whether insurers should offer birth control

A question on the November ballot will ask Illinois voters if insurers should be required to cover birth control as part of their prescription coverage. As IPR's Amanda Vinicky reports, that's something Illinois already does. 

Voters will get to weigh in, but Illinois law won't change whatever the result of the referendum; it's non-binding. 

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State News
6:57 am
Tue May 20, 2014

Thurgood Marshall discusses school integration

Pictured in this 1954 handout photo is Louis Redding, center, on the steps of the Supreme Court Building, in Washington, D.C., with other NAACP attorneys who argued the school segregation case, Brown vs. Board of Education, From left are, Special Counsel Thurgood Marshall, Louis Redding and U. Simpson Tate.
Credit AP / NAACP

This month marks the 60th anniversary of Brown vs. Board of Education. The landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision outlawed “separate but equal” in public schools. Thurgood Marshall, who would later be appointed to the high court, argued the case. Two years after the ruling, in 1956, Marshall visited the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign to talk about his work to end segregation and the challenges ahead. Marshall said despite efforts by detractors of integration, black and white students were meant to go to school under one roof. 

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State News
1:34 pm
Mon October 7, 2013

Il activists watching campaign finance case before the U.S. Supreme Court

The last U.S. Supreme Court decision to have a major impact on campaign finance was "Citizens United", a decision that led to the rise of so-called "Super PACs" across the nation, including in Illinois. As IPR'S Amanda Vinicky reports, another high-profile case before the court Tuesday has activists on alert.

The Illinois Campaign for Political Reform's David Morrison says he did not pay all that much attention back in 2010 when the Citizens United case was argued in Washington.  The case asked if corporations could give cash to federal candidates. Illinois already allowed that, so it was presumed the case wouldn't have an impact.

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State News
11:50 am
Wed June 26, 2013

Gay marriage advocates hope Supreme Court ruling helps their cause

Illinois advocates say Wednesday’s U.S. Supreme Court ruling striking down the Defense of Marriage Act adds urgency to their fight to legalize same-sex marriage in the state. IPR’S Amanda Vinicky reports.

The high court's decision means that in the eyes of the law, same sex couples who are legally married cannot be denied their equal right to federal benefits. But in Illinois, gay couples cannot legally marry.

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