Tag: Illinois

Emancipation Proclamation

Illinois Museum To Host Juneteenth Exhibit and Display a Rare, Signed Copy of Emancipation Proclamation

As we draw closer to this year’s Juneteenth celebrations on June 19, marking the 156th anniversary of the end of slavery in the United States, an Illinois museum has announced that it will help to mark the occasion by putting a rare, signed copy of the Emancipation Proclamation on display…

Reparations for Blacks

Evanston, Illinois Passes Country’s First-Ever Reparations Program for Black Residents

As we reported previously, Evanston, Illinois recently became the first city in the nation to propose a reparations program for its Black residents. And now that proposal has passed and will go into effect later this year. According to Mark Guarino of The Washington Post, “The nation’s first government reparations…

Orthodox, Eruv, Ameren, Champaign-Urbana

Orthodox Jews in Champaign-Urbana Illinois Construct Eruv With Help of Mayor, Volunteers and Ameren

The small but active Orthodox Jewish community of Champaign-Urbana, Ill., had a problem: The area did not have the necessary infrastructure to accommodate the observant religious community during its celebration of Shabbat. Many Orthodox families were not sending their children to the local University of Illinois, and those Orthodox Jewish…

Chicago Judge Accused of Sexual Harassment, Trying to Kiss a Cop

Cook County Judge Mauricio Araujo has a history of inappropriate and unwanted sexual advances toward the women working around him. Araujo made sexual advances toward a police officer seeking his signature on a search warrant, cornered a court reporter in an elevator and made demeaning remarks about a prosecutor, state…