Civil Rights

Dr. King's Lasting Impact

Apr 3, 2018
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Today marks the 50th anniversary of the Reverend Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassination. While many will remember King for his leadership, Illinois Public Radio’s Brian O’Keefe has the story of King’s personal impact on one man’s life. 

A 2020 jury trial date has been set for a transgender inmate suing Illinois Department of Corrections officials for alleged abuses.

A federal judge has ordered the city of Springfield to pay more than $330,000 to civil rights attorneys who represented two panhandlers in the legal fight over anti-panhandling laws in the city.

Springfield City Council members have unanimously approved a resolution affirming the state capital city's commitment to civil rights and opposition to racism.

Major civil rights groups have joined a class-action seeking to force Chicago to reform the nation's second largest police force with direct court oversight.

Several community groups have sued the city of Chicago to bypass or even scuttle a draft deal between Chicago and the Justice Department that seeks to reform the nation's second largest police force without federal court oversight.

A Cook County judge has ruled against the Chicago Public School's lawsuit over the funding of education by the state of Illinois.  Judge Franklin Ulyses Valderrama denied a CPS motion for an injunction seeking to bar the state from distributing education funds in a discriminatory manner. He also ruled in favor of the state's motion to dismiss the case, but is allowing CPS to come back with a new argument.

A federal appeals court in Chicago has ruled the 1964 Civil Rights Act does protect LGBT employees from workplace discrimination. The ruling by the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals is the first time a federal appellate court has come to that conclusion. 

Chicago's schools are suing Illinois' governor and other state officials over how the state funds schools, claiming it violates the civil rights of the predominantly-minority student population in the nation's third-largest school district. 

Photos courtesy Wikimedia Commons/Graphic by Cass Herrington

Attendees gathered at the Civic Center Mon. for a sold out luncheon honoring Martin Luther King, Jr.

Peoria Public Radio was there to hear what people are saying about race and Dr. King’s legacy in 2017.

The Justice Department and the city of Chicago have signed a joint statement in which the nation's third largest city commits to police reforms under a court-enforced agreement, called a consent decree.  The document, along with the findings of a yearlong Justice Department civil rights investigation of the police force,was released Friday. 

Cook County officials say they expect to issue the 10 thousandth marriage license to a same-sex couple this week.  Cook County Clerk David Orr held a news conference along with state lawmakers and civil right groups to mark the milestone. 

The Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Justice Department says it will hold a forum Wednesday to discuss its investigation into the Chicago Police Department and to hear from community members about their experiences with it.

A civil rights icon made a stop in Springfield yesterday to talk about activism and his new books.  John Lewis, a Congressman from Georgia, is the last living member of a group of civil rights leaders known as the "Big Six." Martin Luther King Jr. was also in that group, and mentored Lewis.

One of the state's largest lobbying groups for the gay and transgender community is setting up its first downstate office. 

Longtime civil rights activist the Rev. Willie Barrow has died in Chicago.

Peoria Reads! announces next book selection

Sep 2, 2013

This year’s Peoria Reads! selection honors the many 50th anniversary milestones of the Civil Rights era. The community reading project is inviting people to read Warriors Don’t Cry: A Searing Memoir of the Battle to Integrate Little Rock’s Central High.