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As racial disparities in maternal and child health outcomes persist in the U.S., a new statewide initiative aims to promote equity in maternal health and improve outcomes for all women and children.

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Anti-Asian hate appears to have worsened during the pandemic. A recent study from California State University finds anti-Asian hate crimes reported to police in major U.S. cities rose 150% last year — even as overall hate crimes dropped 7%. And an analysis by the group Stop AAPI Hate found nearly 3,800 self-reported cases of anti-Asian bias in the U.S. throughout the pandemic.


A plan for addressing issues related to the University of Illinois' use of Chief Illiniwek as a mascot includes formation of a student council to look at the development of new traditions for the Urbana campus.

Experts Testify About Systemic Racism in Illinois Home Loan, Banking Industries

Oct 22, 2020

In Illinois and around the country, an increasing number of universities, investigators, and researchers are turning up evidence of systemic racism in the financial sector that has plagued Black Americans for decades.

Statues of two former Illinois leaders with ties to slavery will be removed from outside the state capitol building in Springfield.

Rich Egger

Macomb city council members say they condemn racism, hate, and violence, and they have put that statement in writing in the form of a resolution they approved unanimously.

Rich Egger

The only Black member of the Macomb City Council said a fellow city council member made a false accusation against her, and she does not take it lightly.

Western Illinois University Interim President Martin Abraham is not mincing words when it comes to systemic racism in Macomb.

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This year's Juneteenth celebration in Macomb included another Black Lives Matter demonstration along the north end of Chandler Park. Food and beverages were also available as people gathered in the park for the late afternoon event.

Rich Egger

Communities throughout the region have held demonstrations in response to the killing of George Floyd. In Macomb, the protests have been taking place several days a week.

Rich Egger

Kali Shelton of Macomb said as events unfolded last week in response to the death of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police, she felt she could not just sit by and watch.

As outrage and protest against police brutality and racial injustice has spilled into the streets of cities across the country, several Black Illinois state lawmakers are offering their plans for how to fix those problems.

Hate crimes rose by 30 percent in Illinois in 2018, according to a recently released FBI report.

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A group of students in Macomb dressed as the Harlem Globetrotters for a middle school costume party. A couple of the students are African-American while the rest are white.  As you can see in the accompanying photo, they are all wearing Afro wigs – and that's upset some people in the community.

Joyce Russell/Iowa Public Radio

Racial profiling by Iowa law enforcement was the focus of discussion Tuesday at the annual Summit on Justice and Disparities, sponsored by the NAACP.   The gathering focuses each year on the disproportionate presence of African-Americans in Iowa's Criminal Justice System.  

Earlier this month, we reported on the 1908 Race Riot in Springfield and what's being done to remember and reconcile 110 years after the violence broke out. As part of that reporting, we spoke with Kelly Wickham Hurst, CEO and founder of the advocacy organization Being Black at School.

It's been 110 years since the 1908 Race Riot erupted in Springfield. The violence and its aftermath inspired the founding of the NAACP, the prominent civil rights organization. A number of groups in the city recognized and remembered the violence and lives lost in a series of public events earlier this month. There are also plans to ensure more recognition in the future of a violent period many residents say deserves more attention.

Debunking the Myth of the U.S. As a Colorblind/Post-Racial Society

Jan 28, 2016
Rich Egger

The white racial frame is a sociological concept developed largely by sociologist Joe E. Feagin. It takes us beyond the more commonly applied concepts of racial "prejudice" and bias when examining race. It affords a deeper, broader analysis of systemic racism.

The Heroism and Activism of Mamie Till-Mobley

Sep 3, 2015

Last week was the 60th anniversary of the murder of a young boy, a murder that changed the world. And, the reason we even know about the murder, the reason we know his name, is because of his mother.

Rachel Otwell

The holidays can bring out the compassionate side of people.

Rich Egger

Demonstrators marched through the Western Illinois University campus in Macomb to protest for rights they feel are being eroded.