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Equal Pay: It's More Than Just Salary Negotiation

Aug 22, 2019
Women on a panel discussion
Mary Cullen / WGLT

Illinois State University's College of Arts and Sciences in partnership with YWCA McLean County and the League of Women Voters hosted an equal pay panel Thursday in response to the ongoing call for gender equality.

Woman with microphone standing turned to woman seated as part of a pael
Colleen Reynolds / WGLT

Medical and social service providers for McLean County’s older residents say many people over 55 will struggle far more than their parents because they’ll live longer but with fewer resources to support basic needs.

Man and woman sitting at a table with screen behind them at Normal Public Library Community Room
Colleen Reynolds / WGLT

There are more than 700 people waiting for placement in a popular Section 8 public housing program called "Housing Choice," which issues vouchers for tenants to live anywhere in McLean County and pay 30 percent of their income toward rent.

Bloomington sample ballot
Eric Stock / WGLT

Among the many races and measures on the ballot for Bloomington voters this election is a proposal to do away with the agency that printed the very ballots they are using.

Ruth Greenwood
Campaign Legal Center

Every 10 years, the majority party in each state redraws district lines. Parties often pack or crack districts to allow them a majority of votes, a process known as gerrymandering.

Illinois Comptroller Susana Mendoza speaking to supporters after being sworn into office on December 5, 2016.
AP

Three women in Illinois government studying sexual harassment and gender equity say a solution would be to elect women to half of all political offices in the state.

The Illinois Anti-Harassment, Equality and Access Panel issued a report Wednesday recommending measures for political parties to combat sexual harassment and make politics fairer for women.

Don and Jason
Staff / WGLT

McLean County has a new top prosecutor, Don Knapp. The McLean County Board appointed him state’s attorney last month after his predecessor, Jason Chambers, became a judge.

Carleigh Gray / WGLT

The Normal Town Council passed a Welcoming Community ordinance Monday that aims to create a new “check and balance” system for police interactions with immigration officials while still adhering to state and federal law.

Local Women Mark National Equal Pay Day

Apr 10, 2018
Courtesty of YWCA McLean County

Women earn on average 79 cents for every dollar men earn. Because more women head households than ever before, the continuing gender pay gap has become a "family issue," says Kyle Ciani, a women's and gender studies professor at Illinois State University.

Toby Talbot / AP

Andrew Dewey once had a good job as an assistant manager of a department store. He was married with a son, and had saved a nest egg. All that changed after his doctor began prescribing potent painkillers.

GLT News

Planned Parenthood of Illinois calls a new Trump administration rule allowing additional employers to opt out of providing birth control coverage a further "attack" on reproductive rights.

Illinois Crucial To Passing Equal Rights Amendment

Jul 26, 2017
Associated Press

Illinois is once again in the spotlight as advocates seek to revive efforts to pass an Equal Rights Amendment to the U.S. Constitution after it narrowly missed being ratified in the 1970s.