Indiana

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Illinois is preparing to launch a pilot program to test out tax credits for donors to private school scholarships. The five-year, $75 million program served as a bargaining chip drawing Republican support to the education funding reform bill that Gov. Bruce Rauner signed last month. But less has been said about how it will actually work.

One person interested in how the private school tax credits will work is Mike Chitty, superintendent of Judah Christian School a 500-student pre-school-through high school in Champaign.

Notre Dame Magazine

A bronze sculpture inspired by a 1964 civil rights rally in Chicago was unveiled Wednesday in South Bend, Ind.

The sculpture was modeled after a photograph of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and the late University of Notre Dame President Rev. Theodore Hesburgh at a civil rights rally in Soldier Field which Chicago Mayor Richard J. Daley and a local archbishop had refused to attend the rally. 

It depicts King and Hesburgh joining hands to sing the rally's anthem, "We Shall Overcome."   

Days after terrorists struck Paris, France, last November, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence placed a ban on Syrian refugees from being resettled in the state.

The American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana sought an injunction against the ban, stating Pence doesn’t have the authority to do that.

 

ACLU’s attorney Ken Falk made the same argument Wednesday at a federal court in Chicago.   

 

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Some Hoosiers will pay close attention today as the U.S. Supreme Court hears arguments on same-sex marriage.

Last year, a federal court found Indiana’s same-sex marriage ban to be unconstitutional. This year, lawmakers passed a Religious Freedom law that some said allowed discrimination against same-sex couples.

The law was amended, but not before a local and national outcry. That’s why Katie Blair, who’s with the LGBTQ advocacy group Freedom Indiana, doesn’t think Indiana will revert to its old ways no matter how the U-S Supreme Court rules.

Controversial Indiana Law Could Be Revisited

Apr 2, 2015
State of Indiana

Indiana lawmakers could vote Thursday on amending a law that's caused a firestorm.

Republican lawmakers and Governor Mike Pence have faced widespread criticism over a religious freedom law. In fact, one northern Indiana pizzeria says it will not cater same-sex weddings on religious grounds.

Now lawmakers want to amend that law so that it cannot be used to discriminate against gays and lesbians. Democrats like State Senator Earline Rogers of Gary says there’s a simpler solution.

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