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

    Booze, Blood And Bombs: Prohibition In Southern Illinois

    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. While Al Capone has international fame, the Shelton Gang’s and Charlie Birger’s names

    • 13 min
    Domestic Violence Calls Surge After Stay-At-Home Order Lifts

    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.

    • 4 min
    International Students Face A Host Of Problems During The 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 The Trump Administration just rescinded that decision.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.

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

    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.

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

    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.

    • 4 min
    Taylorville Senior Fights The State For A Meaningful Graduation

    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.

    • 4 min

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