Posts byRachel Janik

Quinn calls for early education, higher minimum wage in State of the State address

Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn emphasized workers’ rights and early childhood education Wednesday in his annual State of the State address. In a speech directed primarily toward Quinn’s upcoming bid for re-election, the governor highlighted progress made during his term in addition to outlining new policy goals. Citing gay marriage, pension reform and statewide construction as
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Decreasing LGBT Homeless Youth Population Focus of New UIC-led Initiative

In nationwide efforts to tackle the pervasive problem of homelessness, the vast community of LGBT youth on the streets often flies under the radar. With temperatures dropping to deadly record lows in Chicago and elsewhere – and the number of LGBT children without shelter only climbing – the University of Illinois at Chicago is launching
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Man Sentenced As Teen to Life Without Parole Fights for Release; Case Could Impact State Law

The Illinois Supreme Court this week heard oral arguments in the case of Adolfo Davis, a prisoner sentenced to life without parole as a juvenile, who is now seeking re-sentencing. Davis had just turned 14 when he accompanied two other members of Chicago’s Gangsters Disciples to settle the score with a rival gang in a shooting
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