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Minutes after Biden selected Harris as VP, she throws first punch at Trump; teachers raise their hands with safety concerns.


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Joe Biden and Kamala Harris make their first public appearance as running mates. President Trump calls Georgia's Marjorie Taylor Greene a GOP "star," despite her support for conspiracy theory QAnon.

Public News Service - IL: Gun Violence Prevention

GRAPHIC: Hundreds of Palestinian children are detained by the Israeli military each year, and human rights organizations from Illinois are attending a congressional briefing today on the effects on children and their families. Graphic courtesy of American Friends Service Committee.

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Faith-based and human rights groups from Illinois are joining others Tuesday in Washington, D.C. to call for an end to the detention of Palestinian children by Israel. A congressional briefing will feature the testimony of Palestinian-American children, including Tariq Abu Khdeir

PHOTO: It's National Youth Violence Prevention Week. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, youth violence is the second-leading cause of death for youth ages 10 to 24 in Illinois and nationally. Photo credit: Chang Liu/Flickr.

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – It's National Youth Violence Prevention Week, and health and education leaders in Illinois say families, schools and communities each play a role in preventing violence before it occurs. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), youth violence is

PHOTO: The ACLU of Illinois says important safety and privacy guidelines are needed before the use of body cameras by police enforcement are widely-used throughout the state. Photo courtesy U.S. Department of Justice.

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - In the aftermath of the violence in Ferguson, Missouri, state leaders in Illinois are contemplating the use of police body cameras for better oversight of law enforcement. Some say important guidelines are needed to protect both police officers and citizens. Ed Yohnka, communica

PHOTO: Victims of violent crime often need financial and emotional support to help rebuild their lives in the wake of a violent incident. A Chicago-based violence survivors' network is working to provide that support. Photo credit: Ladyheart/Morguefile.

CHICAGO - With more than 200 homicides already reported in Chicago this year, there are many families and surviving victims facing a difficult road of recovery. Susan Johnson, executive director of Chicago's Citizens for Change, runs a violence survivors' network called Chicago Survivors. She says

 Among other things, Justice Stephens is advocating for campaign spending reform, after the 2010

CHICAGO - Since retiring from the bench in 2010, former Supreme Court Justice and Illinois native son John Paul Stevens has not been idle. His new book, out this month, has already caused a big stir in political and policy circles. It's called "Six Amendments: How and Why We Should Change the Consti

Protesters on Thursday outside ALEC meeting in downtown Chicago   Photo courtesy of: Chicago Federation of Labor

CHICAGO - A nonprofit group of which some voters may never have heard holds its 40th annual meeting in Chicago this week. Watchdog, labor, religious, and civil rights groups are protesting outside, so that more people learn about the American Legislative Exchange Council. ALEC says its members disc

Youth Guidance B.A.M. (Becoming A Man)  Sports Edition is a school-based counseling, mentoring, violence prevention and educational enrichment program that promotes social, emotional and behavioral competencies in at-risk male youth.   Courtesy: youth-guidance.org

CHICAGO - Looking for ways to protect residents, some Illinois towns, including Highland Park and Skokie, are enacting assault weapons bans before the state's concealed-carry law goes into effect. With the CDC reporting homicide as the third-leading cause of death for young people, mayors, police

CHICAGO - For most parents and their children, the beginning of the school year means shopping for notebooks, paper, markers and new sneakers. But in Chicago, back-to-school also means the threat of continuing gun violence. Last school year, there were a record-breaking 36 deaths among Chicago publi

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