Illinois

SOS White Seeks Organ Donors In Minority Communities

Aug 10, 2016
Jeff Bossert / Illinois Public Media

Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White says too few people of color are registered to be organ donors.

  

And he's trying to dispel some of the myths to help explain why those numbers are what they are. White came to Urbana Tuesday to mark National Minority Donor Awareness Week, which was August 1-7. 

White says minorities make up 57-percent of those on the national waiting list for organ transplants, yet they accounted for just 36-percent of donors. 

U.S. Government

A federal judge has upheld former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich's 14-year prison sentence on corruption charges.

The Democrat appeared via a video link Tuesday from his Colorado prison for a resentencing hearing in Chicago. It was the 59-year-old's first public appearance since he entered prison in 2012.

Blagojevich told Judge James Zagel that four years locked up and away from his family has made him a changed man.

No longer filled with anger, instead wanting to do good by helping inmates.

Flickr user JayMase / "Physical Education" (CC V 2.0)

Nearly 15 percent of northern Illinois school districts still have not complied with the state mandate for public school physical education class five days a week.

Thirty public school districts in the WNIJ listening area still do not have physical education classes five days a week. They all received waivers which have now expired – some as long ago as 2002. 

WNIJ

Former Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn says a voter referendum aimed at imposing term limits on Chicago's mayor and creating a consumer advocacy position won't make the November ballot.

Quinn told The Associated Press he's short of the roughly 53,000 signatures required by a Monday deadline. The Democrat says his goal is to get 100,000 signatures, and he's got roughly 20,000.

He launched the petition drive in June but wouldn't say for which election. He tells AP he's aiming for the 2018 primary, when Illinois next elects a governor.

CREDIT "COURTROOM ONE GAVEL" BY FLICKR USER BETH CORTEZ-NEAVEL / (CC BY 2.0)

A Winnebago County courtroom is the setting for a struggle over Gov. Bruce Rauner's so-called turnaround agenda.

A lawsuit by the International Union of Operating Engineers Local 150 is technically about whether the Rockford City Council violated the state Open Meetings Act in April.

The Rockford Register Star reports that aldermen approved a resolution supporting the Republican governor's pro-business, anti-union proposals.

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