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.
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.
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.