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Illinois Issues

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Reporting and analysis taking you beyond the daily news and providing a deeper understanding of our state.

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When Illinois Helped Scare America

Eighty-two years ago, theatrical impresario Orson Welles panicked the nation with his company's "War of the Worlds" Halloween Eve radio broadcast. That was the reported story, but the truth is more complicated.

New Curriculum Brings LGBTQ History Into The Light

The kids called Grayson Alexander "dyke" and "faggot." The bullying got worse when he came out as transgender the summer between eighth grade and high school. Now a senior at Loyola University in Chicago, the Springfield native says attending school was "not fun."

What A Graduated Income Tax Would Mean For Illinois' Financial State

The campaign over Gov. J.B. Pritzker's proposal to impose a graduated income tax has focused mainly on who would pay higher taxes. But perhaps just as important is the question of how that money would be used.

Booze, Blood And Bombs: Prohibition In Southern Illinois

When Prohibition became law 100 years ago, it led to bootlegging and gang warfare throughout Illinois. Its effect in Chicago is well-known, but its impact on Southern Illinois was equally devastating. In the 1920s, among Southern Illinois' hundreds of moonshine stills, hills and hamlets were gangsters whose lawlessness rivaled Chicago's. However, few people outside of those bottomlands know their names today.

Domestic Violence Calls Surge After Stay-At-Home Order Lifts

Franny Cole's now-estranged husband had been emotionally abusive and financially controlling. She thinks sometimes about what might have happened had she not gathered the strength to leave prior to the coronavirus pandemic.

International Students Face A Host Of Problems During The Pandemic

Immigration and Customs Enforcement had announced that international students must take some of their classes in-person. If not, they could be deported from the United States. The Trump Administration just rescinded that decision. But many international students continue to face uncertainty during COVID-19. When he first saw the news from ICE, Sina Tayebati thought he might be getting deported back to Iran. He's a graduate student studying mechanical engineering at Northern Illinois University.

The Pandemic On Main Street: As State Restrictions Relax, Local Leaders Face Tough Choices

Editor's Note: The Institute of Government and Public Affairs assembled a task force of interdisciplinary faculty experts from all three universities in the University of Illinois System to assess COVID-19's effects on the state. This essay represents the work of several task force members to create a roadmap for safely reopening the state's economy.

The Pandemic On Main Street: As State Restrictions Relax, Local Leaders Face Tough Choices

Contact Tracing Apps May Soon Be Coming To A Phone Near You. What's At Stake For Illinoisans?

Illinois wants hundreds to potentially thousands of contact tracing workers trained and ready to start tracking the spread of the new coronavirus by the end of this month. At the same time, big tech companies are developing technology that could help with tracing efforts.

Contact Tracing Apps May Soon Be Coming To A Phone Near You. What's At Stake For Illinoisans?

Taylorville Senior Fights The State For A Meaningful Graduation

School districts across the state have been resourceful in coming up with ways to honor their high school graduates, as health regulations prohibit the typical ceremonies. But some of those plans ran into roadblocks with the governor's office and the Illinois State Board of Education.

More Counties Are Giving Extra Time To Pay Property Taxes

Massive layoffs and furloughs around the state will make it difficult for some to pay their property taxes on time. Some Illinois counties are trying to ease the pain by delaying the mailing of the bills. Others have extended deadlines. And most common are counties waiving interest on late payments.

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