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CHICAGO - A Chicago activist who helped organize a protest march that briefly shut down Lake Shore Drive this month now wants to disrupt traffic with a Labor Day march on an expressway near O'Hare International Airport. 

The Rev. Jesse Jackson and an activist priest say they'll stage a protest that will shut down part of a busy interstate in Chicago despite warnings of arrest from police.

Thousands of students at schools across Illinois participated in a national walkout to demand action on gun violence.

University of Chicago faculty and students are protesting an invitation to former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon to participate in a debate on immigration and globalization.

Some 200 people protesting President Donald Trump's decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital and move the United States Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem took to the streets of Chicago.

PHS Officer Under Fire for Controversial Facebook Post

Oct 17, 2017

A resource officer at Peoria High School faces scrutiny, following a controversial Facebook post.

Officer Ryan Schubert posted a comment Mon. that says he wants to urinate on a statue of Martin Luther King Jr. -- though, in more vulgar terms.

In response, Peoria Public School's Superintendent Sharon Desmoulin-Kherat issued a written statement that says the post "doesn't align with the district’s core values.”


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Marchers peacefully protested outside the Peoria Police Department today in response to the fatal shooting of Eddie Russell Junior. The 25-year-old was the suspect of an armed bank robbery Wednesday and was shot and killed after a standoff with police, a few hours later. 

Aldermen in Rockford have approved a resolution condemning hate groups after a violent white nationalist rally in Virginia.

Springfield City Council members have unanimously approved a resolution affirming the state capital city's commitment to civil rights and opposition to racism.

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CHICAGO (AP) - Hundreds of people marched in Chicago as part of efforts to take a stand against racism in response to a white supremacist rally that spiraled into deadly violence in Virginia.

Professionals representing a variety of fields, like education, medicine and research, are rallying in Peoria this weekend in defense of science.

The Peoria Rally for Science is one of several hundred marches across the country scheduled Sat., which is also Earth Day.

Megan Pulley helped organize the march in Peoria. Pulley says as an educator, she fears science and evidence are increasingly ignored to leverage certain political agendas.

“It has gotten tied up in politics. It has been politicized, it has been used more by some than others,” Pulley said.

Bradley Demonstrates for Black History Month

Feb 22, 2017
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The Bradley University Student Center was the site of a Black Lives Matter Rally yesterday. About two dozen students held computer generated signs and chanted ‘No justice - No Peace,’ ‘Black Lives Matter’ and ‘hands up - don’t shoot.’  

Sherry Gunn is the Assistant Director in The Office of Diversity and Inclusion at Bradley. She says the University has done demonstration every week in February to celebrate Black History Month and recognize different forms of protests.

Hundreds of current and former employees of the Environmental Protection Agency are speaking out against President Donald Trump's pick to head the department.  About 300 people, including scores of EPA employees, rallied across the street from the agency's regional headquarters in downtown Chicago to oppose Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt's nomination.

Members of Springfield’s Muslim community turned out for a demonstration on Monday against President Donald Trump’s executive order on immigration.

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An estimated 600 people demonstrated at Willard Airport near Champaign-Urbana Sunday,  joining tens of thousands across the nation who protested in the US protesting President Donald Trump’s executive order, banning travelers from seven majority-Muslim countries.  Illinois Public Media’s Jeff Bossert has more.



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The Women’s March On Washington included sister protests held across the country, including Peoria.

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Crowds of protesters are rallying in a downtown Chicago plaza hours after President Donald Trump was sworn into office.   Students, immigrant rights activists and veterans were among those chanting Friday afternoon. Chicago Public Schools students had planned a walkout earlier in the day and several appeared in school uniforms at the event. College students also took part. 

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Along with the presidential inauguration, another big event is planned in Washington this week. It's called the Women's March and Illinois will be represented.  The rally is set for Saturday, the day after Donald Trump is sworn in as president.  

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CHICAGO (AP) - Chicago police say they arrested five people as protesters expressed their disapproval of the election of Donald Trump as the nation's 45th president.

Chicago police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi says in an email that an estimated 1,800 to 2,000 people protested Wednesday. Among those taken into custody were two men for obstructing traffic, two men for reckless conduct and trespassing, and a boy for trespassing and resisting arrest.

Overall, Guglielmi said there were "no major incidents."

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Hundreds of protesters have gathered outside Chicago's Trump Tower to express their disapproval of the election of Donald Trump as the 45th president of the United States.

 CHICAGO (AP) - Dozens of demonstrators took to Chicago's streets in reaction to the deaths of two black men in confrontations with police in Minnesota and Louisiana.

Unions members flooded streets in front of the Illinois Statehouse to protest Governor Bruce Rauner's agenda, and what they say are his anti-labor policies.

Union workers marched to the capitol for a rally, where they were briefly joined by a pair of prominent Democrats: House Speaker Michael Madigan and Senate President John Cullerton.

A protester attempting to draw attention to the death of a teenager at the hands of Chicago police disrupted a U.S. Conference of Mayors news conference in Washington.

Protesters against gun violence and police shootings marched down Chicago's Michigan Avenue on New Year's Eve.

A 21-year-old charged with posting threats to kill white students or staff members at the University of Chicago who was motivated by the police shooting of a black teenager is out of jail. 

A 21-year-old Chicago resident is charged with transmitting a threat in interstate commerce.  Jabari R. Dean threatened on a social media website to kill 16 white male students or staff at the University of Chicago. 

A group of eleven people rode their bicycles 190 miles for three days from Chicago to Springfield to protest a loss of state funding. 

 Dozens of protesters have been escorted from the Illinois House gallery during protests over proposed state budget cuts to social service programs. 

ISU Demonstrators Object To Ferguson Incident

Dec 1, 2014

Protesters on the ISU campus say police Monday kill African Americans at nearly the same level as the Jim Crow era lynchings. 

Peoria residents hold vigil following Ferguson decision

Nov 24, 2014

  Nearly 30 people held a peaceful vigil in Peoria last night to protest the grand jury decision in Ferguson.  Police officer Darren Wilson will not be indicted in the fatal shooting of Michael Brown.  Peoria resident Marc Smith urged a long-term awareness: