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

Rich Egger

Macomb Mayor Mike Inman visited the Tri States Public Radio studios to talk about two of society's biggest issues of 2020: the COVID-19 pandemic and systemic racism.

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It was only a matter a time before recent events caused someone to focus in on Illinois State Capitol statues dedicated to those with racist pasts.  Now, House Speaker Michael Madigan is calling for the removal of two statues sitting outside the State Capitol and a portrait inside the chamber of the Illinois House.

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.