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FILE-Illinois Governor JB Pritzker talks to journalism students, Thursday, Feb. 4, 2021, in the press room of the Thompson Center in downtown Chicago. Journalism students and faculty attended the candid discussion about the governor’s career and Illinois politics, followed by a question and answer session from the university's student media outlets.

New ethics reform in Illinois seeks to offset the state’s reputation for corruption

Nika Schoonover, Politics Editor June 7, 2021

Note: This headline was changed from "Chicago's reputation for corruption" to "the state's." This was decided to better reflect the story's content.  State lawmakers approved ethics reforms earlier...

Illinois State Rep. Jehan Gordon-Booth, D-Peoria, right, hugs Illinois State Rep. Camille Lilly, D-Chicago, as they celebrate the passage of Senate Bill 818, the bill to update sex education standards in Illinois,on the floor of the Illinois House of Representatives at the Illinois State Capitol in Springfield, Ill., Friday, May 28, 2021. (Justin L. Fowler/The State Journal-Register via AP)

Illinois bill to create more expansive sex education curriculum in state schools

Amber Stoutenborough, Staff Writer June 7, 2021

Senate Bill 818, a bill that updates the sex education curriculum in Illinois, passed in the House with a 60-48 vote last Friday, June 4. With major opposition from Republicans, the bill is headed towards...

Illinois State Rep. Tim Butler, R-Springfield, makes the case that new legislative maps are partisan as he joins Illinois House and Senate Republicans outside Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker's office to urge him to veto the redrawn Illinois legislative maps during a press conference at the Illinois State Capitol in Springfield, Ill., Saturday, May 29, 2021. (Justin L. Fowler/The State Journal-Register via AP)

Redistricting process goes to bipartisan commission after June 30

Nika Schoonover, Politics Editor May 31, 2021

The redistricting process has unsurprisingly devolved into another partisan debate, and Illinois Democrats are feeling the pressure to finalize their maps by June 30 — or the task will be delegated to...

In this June 29, 2020 file photo, the Supreme Court is seen on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Analysis: A simple ‘a’ led to major change in immigration law

Maddey Martin, Contributing Writer May 23, 2021

On April 29, the Supreme Court made its final ruling in Niz-Chavez v. Garland. Justice Neil Gorsuch delivered the kind of opinion lawyers eat up — one so technical it hinged on the word “A.”  Niz-Chavez...

In this June 29, 2020 file photo, the Supreme Court is seen on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Progressives are calling for the resignation of Supreme Court Justice Breyer

Nadia Hernandez, Opinions Editor May 16, 2021

Progressives are encouraging Justice Stephen Breyer to resign in hopes that President Joe Biden will appoint the first Black woman to the Supreme Court. Breyer, 82, is known for his progressive rulings...

Jones v. Mississippi verdict ‘guts’ juvenile justice precedent

Jones v. Mississippi verdict ‘guts’ juvenile justice precedent

Maddey Martin, Contributing Writer May 9, 2021

On April 22, the Supreme Court made a landmark ruling in the world of juvenile justice. In Jones v. Mississippi, the court ruled 6-3 that judges or juries don’t need to prove that a juvenile offender...

FILE-Elizabeth Quirmbach, right, registers Ayuka Sinanoglu, center, a Sophomore at the UW on Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2020  outside of the UW Memorial Union in Madison, Wis.  A small but steady stream of masked UW-Madison students stopped by voter registration tables outside the unions last week to perform their civic duty. Madison City Clerk’s office employees helped them through the paperwork, sanitized their used pens and talked among themselves as they waited for the next students to filter into the fairly empty tents.(Steve Apps/Wisconsin State Journal via AP)

Young voters increased turnout by 11 points in 2020 election

Nika Schoonover, Politics Editor May 9, 2021

Despite worries that the pandemic would hinder access to polls, the 2020 election had the largest increase in voter turnout between presidential elections on record. In the months following the election,...

FILE-Illinois State Rep. Michael Madigan, D-Chicago, casts his vote for Illinois State Rep. Emanuel

Illinois sees a massive population decline in the last decade, will lose one congressional seat

Nika Schoonover, Politics Editor May 2, 2021

Illinois will lose one congressional seat in the House of Representatives due to a population decline of more than 18,000 people, according to census data announced earlier this week.  According to...

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., center, is joined by U.S. Rep. Grace Meng, D-N.Y., third from left, at a news conference to discuss an Asian-American hate crime bill, Monday, April 19, 2021, in New York. Schumer is pushing for passage of the COVID-19 Hate Crimes Act in the Senate. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

TEAACH Act will address comprehensive Asian American, Pacific Islander history in Illinois public schools

Nadia Hernandez, Opinions Editor May 2, 2021

The Illinois House passed on April 14 the Teaching Equitable Asian American Community History (TEAACH) Act that will mandate comprehensive Asian American history in all Illinois public schools.  After...

FILE-Elizabeth Quirmbach, right, registers Ayuka Sinanoglu, center, a Sophomore at the UW on Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2020  outside of the UW Memorial Union in Madison, Wis.  A small but steady stream of masked UW-Madison students stopped by voter registration tables outside the unions last week to perform their civic duty. Madison City Clerk’s office employees helped them through the paperwork, sanitized their used pens and talked among themselves as they waited for the next students to filter into the fairly empty tents.(Steve Apps/Wisconsin State Journal via AP)

Voter Restriction Laws are especially impactful on college students

Lauren Uhlrich, Contributing Writer May 2, 2021

In a widespread response to the unsubstantiated claims of election fraud following the 2020 election, legislators have introduced 361 bills with restrictive voting provisions in 47 states. Of these, five...

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., listens as his panel holds a markup of a bill to create a commission to study and address social disparities in the African American community today. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

What to know about H.R. 40: The House Reparations Bill

Nika Schoonover, Politics Editor April 25, 2021

A House committee voted to move forward with legislation aimed at creating plans to remedy the lasting effects of slavery. This is the farthest the legislation has gone through Congress since it was originally...

Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., questions witnesses during a House Armed Services Committee hearing on Capitol Hill, Wednesday, April 14, 2021, in Washington. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

OPINION: Political ambition and sex crimes often go hand-in-hand

Lauren Uhlrich, Contributing Writer April 25, 2021

From the origination of the #MeToo movement from 2017 to 2019, the Associated Press compiled a list of 90 state lawmakers accused of sexual misconduct within those two years; this is significant due to...

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