Sen. Dave Koehler

Members of the Illinois Underground Railroad Task Force outline goals

SPRINGFIELD – Members of the Illinois Underground Railroad Task Force had its first meeting where they selected State Senator Dave Koehler and State Representative Debbie Meyers-Martin as co-chairs, and outlined its findings from the first meeting and goals for the coming months.

“This task force will bring a better understanding of how the Underground Railroad operated, as slaves escaped the south for freedom and a better life in Illinois,” said Koehler (D-Peoria). “By giving Illinoisans a clear understanding of the past, we are creating a greater future.”

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Sen. Stadelman

Local Journalism Task Force outlines findings, potential policy changes

SPRINGFIELD – Illinois and the nation are in the midst of a local journalism crisis, with news outlets closing or shrinking at an alarming rate. State Senator Steve Stadelman and the members of the Local Journalism Task Force spent the last year studying the decline of local journalism, and outlined its findings and policy recommendations at a news conference Wednesday.

“As local journalism declines so does the checks and balances on democracy. It’s an issue facing newsrooms across both the state and nation – due in large part to dwindling revenue that leads to a dwindling number of reporters,” said Stadelman (D-Rockford). “A disruption in finances is a disruption in talent. It was long past time for us to have serious conversations about the future of journalism and how that affects the future of our communities.”

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Human Trafficking Awareness Month

Hunter, Morrison highlight importance of Human Trafficking Awareness Month

SPRINGFIELD – In observance of January as Human Trafficking Awareness Month, State Senators Mattie Hunter and Julie Morrison are highlighting the importance of raising awareness about human trafficking and uplifting resources to support survivors.

“Human Trafficking Awareness Month serves as an important reminder to become familiar with the signs of trafficking — a crime that impacts hundreds in our state, often those who find themselves in vulnerable situations,” said Hunter (D-Chicago). “In addition to identifying red flags, it is important that we continue to support survivors and advance policies that prevent situations like these from happening.”

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