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More than a dozen Internal Affairs complaints against the Minneapolis Police officer involved in the death of George Floyd - we report on what's behind the current tensions.

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Republican Voters Against Trump just launched and plans to spend 10 dollars on the 2020 campaign. And President Trump signed an executive order making social media companies liable for content their users post.

Public News Service - IL: Civil Rights

Advocates for women's rights say now is the time to mobilize at the grassroots level. (whitehouse.gov)

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – Hillary Clinton lost in her bid to become the first female president of the United States, something advocates say would have advanced women's rights regardless of race, religion or political affiliation. Marilyn Katz, founder of Chicago Women Take Action, says now that D

Magdalena Zylinska, right, speaks in support of the Illinois Domestic Workers Bill of Rights during a rally in Springfield. (Arise Chicago)

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - Advocates for the rights of domestic workers are urging Gov. Bruce Rauner to sign legislation they're calling "historic." The Illinois Domestic Workers Bill of Rights would officially make domestic work a recognized vocation in the state, extending workplace protections to the s

Immigration rights advocates say the U.S. Supreme Court's tie decision on President Obama's immigration policies could hurt thousands of Illinois families. (iStockphoto)

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- Immigration-rights advocates in Illinois are blasting Thursday's U.S. Supreme Court decision that could doom President Obama's expanded immigration policies. In a 4-4 tie vote, the justices allowed a lower court decision to stand that prevents the president from shielding about

On the 50th anniversary of the Miranda warnings decision, legal scholars say Illinois is slowly making improvements to how young people's rights are being protected by the juvenile justice system. (iStockphoto)

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – Today marks 50 years since the U.S. Supreme Court made Miranda warnings mandatory, and legal experts say Illinois is taking small but positive steps in bolstering those rights for young people accused of crimes. The Miranda ruling states every person must be informed of h

The federal government's plan to add 1,900 new isolation cells at the Thomson Correctional Center is being opposed by some Illinois activists. (Federal Bureau of Prisons)

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - A group of Illinois activists is taking a 150-mile walk to protest new solitary-confinement cells planned for one of the newest federal prisons in the state. The Federal Bureau of Prisons plans to add 1,900 isolation cells to the Thomson Correctional Center. About a dozen member

As the Syrian civil war continues, an Illinois-based nonprofit group is trying to help young refugees attain their educational goals in the U.S. (Photo Illustration/Pixabay)

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – A Chicago-area nonprofit group that supports the Syrian people will soon be offering new higher education scholarships for recently resettled Syrian refugees. This comes just a few months after the Karam Foundation, announced that four high school-age Syrian refugee stude

New numbers show that regardless of political affiliation, most Illinois voters agree that big changes need to be made to the state's criminal justice system. (iStockphoto)

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - New research shows an overwhelming majority of Illinois voters support changes to the state's criminal justice system, even across party lines. The U.S. Justice Action Network released a new poll this week that says about 94 percent of Illinois Republicans and Democrats agree

An Illinois civil rights group is praising state lawmakers for advancing a bill to make birth certificate changes easier for transgender people. (iStockphoto)

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - A move to change Illinois' birth certificate law is earning praise from a civil rights watchdog. According to the American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois, the change will help thousands of transgender residents in the state. House Bill 6073, introduced by Rep. Greg Harris, D-

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