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Black Caucus outraged at lack of accountability for Breonna Taylor’s killers

Published: Wednesday, September 23, 2020 05:07 PM

breonnataylor3 092320CHICAGO—Members of the Illinois Legislative Black Caucus spoke out Wednesday on news that a grand jury failed to indict three Louisville officers, Brett Hankison, Jonathan Mattingly and Myles Cosgrove, for killing Breonna Taylor in her sleep in March. Ex-police officer Brett Hankison was indicted on three counts of wanton endangerment, and the other officers face no charges.

State Senator Kimberly A. Lightford, ILBC Chair

“The charges are devastatingly unbefitting of Breonna Taylor’s tragic death. The sheer lack of accountability for the officers who killed Breonna is yet another clear example of how the justice system does not protect Black lives,” Lightford said. “We share the frustration and anger of our fellow community members and the activists who are tired of the rampant injustice in our justice system.

Sims: Lack of charges for officers who killed Breonna Taylor “makes it clear that our justice system does not equally value Black life”

Published: Wednesday, September 23, 2020 04:02 PM

breonnataylor2 092320CHICAGO— Senator Elgie R. Sims, Jr. (D-Chicago) released the following statement after news Wednesday that a grand jury charged ex-police officer Brett Hankison on three counts of wanton endangerment and did not charge two Louisville police officers, Jonathan Mattingly and Myles Cosgrove who also fired weapons in the shooting that killed Breonna Taylor:

“Today’s decision was disappointing to say the least. The charges fall incredibly short of holding these bad actors accountable and just add to the devastation felt by Breonna Taylor’s family and our communities.

“The fact that none of the officers was charged directly for Breonna’s death makes it clear that our justice system does not equally value Black life, and that has to change.

“We must not allow our anger and frustration to deter us from seeking justice and equity. It is vital that we remain peaceful to effect change and honor Breonna’s memory. I will continue to work with my colleagues and community leaders until our justice system provides justice to all people.”

Manar announces $2 million in grants to local schools to help expand access to remote learning technology

Published: Wednesday, September 23, 2020 03:50 PM

remote school 092320BUNKER HILL – Local schools are set to receive nearly $2 million in grants to improve students’ access to remote learning technology, State Senator Andy Manar (D-Bunker Hill) announced Wednesday.

“Many school districts have employed a remote or hybrid learning model to protect staff and students during the pandemic,” Manar said. “These funds can help provide every child with the resources they need to stay engaged in their education during this difficult time.”

Digital Equity Formula Grants, funded by the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act, are intended to help schools bridge the digital divide and offer students more reliable access to the technology they need to participate in e-learning. School districts can use the funds to expand connectivity and provide students with devices like computers or tablets.

More than $80 million was awarded to 471 districts across the state, including 16 school districts in the 48th State Senate District:

  • Taylorville CUSD 3 - $159,778
  • Pana CUSD 8 - $98,372
  • South Fork SD 14 - $45,472
  • Hillsboro CUSD 3 - $116,404
  • Litchfield CUSD 12 - $102,887
  • Nokomis CUSD 22 - $61,450
  • Macon-Piatt Regional Office of Education #39 - $66,840
  • Decatur SD 61 - $496,087
  • Regional Office of Education #40 - $32,269
  • Carlinville CUSD 1 - $106,182
  • Mount Olive CUSD 5 - $53,839
  • Staunton CUSD 6 - $98,300
  • Gillespie CUSD 7 - $96,810
  • Bunker Hill CUSD 8 - $61,134
  • Southwestern CUSD 9 - $104,973
  • North Mac CUSD 34 - $97,941

 

Funding was distributed using a need-based formula. The full list of schools receiving funds is available on the Illinois State Board of Education’s website.

Peters comments on lack of meaningful charges in "exhausting," "upsetting" Breonna Taylor case

Published: Wednesday, September 23, 2020 03:16 PM

Breonna TaylorCHICAGO – State Senator Robert Peters (D-Chicago) issued the following statement Wednesday after a Jefferson County Grand Jury failed to indict any of the police officers on charges of murder for the March killing of Breonna Taylor: 

“Breonna Taylor should be alive right now. We keep seeing the same stories over and over again. It is exhausting and upsetting. 2020 has shown just how flawed our institutions are within a system stacked against us. Do not let anyone shut down the fight for a better world.”

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