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A bill that would ban masks, hoodies, and other identity-concealing garments during public protests has been introduced in the Illinois House.

State Rep. John Cabello, R-Machesney Park, who has worked as a Rockford police officer, claimed the bill wasn't prompted by any specific protests. However, he said, some people are emboldened to commit violence if they can hide their identity at public protests.

Susan Stephens / WNIJ

More than 1,000 people marched through downtown Rockford today as part of the national Women's March movement. Women, men, and children carried signs, shouted slogans, and stuck to the sidewalks in the peaceful gathering. 

Organizers say the purpose of the march was to support women's rights, as well as specific issues such as equal pay, access to health care, and uniting a diverse city like Rockford.

FLICKR User Jim Bowen

An estimated eight thousand union members flooded streets in front of the Illinois Statehouse today to protest Governor Bruce Rauner's agenda.

Annette Edwards is a member of the Service Employees International Union. 

She riled the crowd saying she lost her job as a child care worker after the governor cut eligibility for the program.

University of Illinois police say two more large swastikas have been discovered drawn in campus buildings.

Police say the new swastikas were found by a campus employee on Sunday in an elevator and a wall in the Armory indoor track and field center.

Three other similar swastikas were found in campus buildings on Thursday. The 2-foot-tall symbols were drawn with markers.

Police spokesman Patrick Wade said Monday that like in the earlier incident, investigators have made no arrests and do not yet have any suspects.

Rick Kurtz

Three Rockford-area residents are among the hundreds who have been arrested for civil disobedience this week in Washington, DC. They’re part of “Democracy Spring,” a coalition of groups demanding voter rights protections and an end to “big-money politics.”

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