Reunifying Parents And Children — How It Works On The Ground

Across the country, lawyers and advocates are working with U.S. government officials to reunite parents and children who were separated at the U.S.-Mexico border. Over half of the children under the age of five were reunited this past week. Thousands more face a court-ordered deadline for reunification by the end of this month. Taylor Levy is the legal coordinator for Annunciation House, a migrant shelter in El Paso, Texas. She and her team are trying to help about 50 parents reunite with...

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A Brazilian woman separated from her son in May while seeking asylum in the U.S. has been reunited with the 10-year-old boy in Chicago. 

The reunion occurred Thursday afternoon, just hours after a federal judge ordered the U.S. government to release the boy to his mother.

The mother, Sirley Silveira Paixao, cried as Judge Manish Shah said they should be promptly reunited.

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Bad weather put a damper on some Fourth of July festivities this week. Thunderstorms and excessive heat mixed with firework celebrations made for a life-threatening holiday in Illinois.

Some cities, like Aurora and Naperville, were forced to evacuate parks and cancel fireworks hours ahead of scheduled events. The roof of a Naperville house also caught on fire due to a lightning strike. 

Dr. Victor Gensini, professor of Geographic and Atmospheric Sciences at NIU, said that the cities that went through with their firework shows were taking a real risk.

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Wisconsin police can legally draw blood from unconscious drunken drivers without a warrant, the state Supreme Court ruled Tuesday.

The justices ruled 5-2 that drivers automatically consent to a blood draw when they drive on Wisconsin roads. If drivers drink themselves into unconsciousness, they forfeit any opportunity to withdraw that consent, Chief Justice Patience Roggensack wrote for the majority.

An Illinois woman posed as a man and served in the infantry during the Civil War. Was she transgender?

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Changes are coming to downtown DeKalb after years of stagnant growth. It’s officially one month until the new Cornerstone Project is slated to finish construction. The luxury apartment complex is developed by John Pappas, who says that he’s received more interest than he has the space for.

"We have 170 applicants, we only have 51 units," said Pappas. "So now that we’re pretty much wrapping things up, we’re going to start assigning leases this week and more than likely we’re going to have people moving in Aug. 1."

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A college professor who performed his own audit of how local governments in Illinois handle Freedom of Information requests says the results were better than expected. Still, there is plenty of room for improvement.

Overall, local agencies did a good job at providing public records. But there is some bad news. They too often failed to post details on how to petitition for those documents and have a trained F-O-I officer.    

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A semipro baseball team. A band performing at the Castle Theatre. A mom visiting to watch her son play college football. A family reunion. An author writing a book about historic Route 66.

They’ve all stayed at Kevin Lewis’ house—one of the top Airbnb destinations in Bloomington-Normal. Lewis turned his 103-year-old bungalow on Locust Street into a short-term rental property, first as a way to make some extra money during a financial slump. Almost two years later, he’s still doing it.

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There’s no trash collection on a holiday, but a number of DeKalb residents likely have it on their minds. The city’s move to change waste haulers garnered a fair amount of attention in the community. And a recent vote by the DeKalb City Council on the matter proved to be anything but routine. 

West Nile Virus Safety Over The Fourth

Jul 3, 2018

The Fourth of July is expected to be hot and humid this year, which means mosquitoes are bound to be out and about.   


Mosquitoes don't just bite and leave an itchy bump. They can also spread disease like West Nile Virus.

The Illinois Department of Public Health reports that the state discovered the first case of West Nile Virus in mid-May, which is earlier in the season than usual. The first confirmed case last year was reported in mid-July.

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The White House is withdrawing Obama-era guidance documents that encouraged schools and colleges to promote diversity through their admissions process.

The departments of Justice and Education announced on Tuesday that they have retracted several letters and memos that advised schools on how they could legally consider race in admissions and other decisions.


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Protests in Chicago escalated on Saturday night, becoming a tense clash between demonstrators and police over the fatal shooting of a man on the city's South Side.

On Sunday, police released a 30-second video clip from an officer's body-worn an camera showing a black man shot by Chicago police had a gun in a holster at his hip. According to The Associated Press, the man was "running away and reaching toward his waist when he was shot multiple times."

France is the champion of the 2018 FIFA World Cup Final, besting Croatia by 4 goals to 2.

France entered the tournament as a favorite, powered by stars such as Kylian Mbappe and Antoine Griezmann, while Croatia was seen as a longshot for victory.

"We are world champions and France are going to be on top of the world for next four years," French coach Didier Deschamps said after the game. He called the tournament a "beautiful celebration of football."

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