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As a senior case worker at Labyrinth, YWCA McLean County’s transitional housing program for formerly incarcerated women, Vera Traver has witnessed the devastating effects of cash bail.

But she’s also lived them as a formerly incarcerated woman herself.

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The Bloomington-Normal YMCA and YWCA of McLean County are two of the organizations that have developed plans to offer child care for families when schools resume virtual learning later this month. 

YWCA Survey Points To Child Care As Pressing Need In B-N

May 19, 2020
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As stay-at-home orders loosen and businesses prepare to reopen, working parents may soon face tough choices about child care over the summer.

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YWCA McLean County’s child care program has temporarily closed after an employee tested positive for COVID-19, the organization confirmed Monday.

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Bloomington-Normal child care providers are stepping up to help essential workers who still have to report to their jobs despite the coronavirus.

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YWCA McLean County has named administrator Liz German its president and CEO.

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YWCA McLean County’s Stepping Stones program says its updated hotline number will provide quicker and more direct help to anyone who has experienced sexual assault or abuse and stalking.

Equal Pay: It's More Than Just Salary Negotiation

Aug 22, 2019
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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.

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State Sen. Jason Barickman said a new law to prevent further trauma to some sexual assault victims might not be enough.

The Bloomington Republican said the YWCA in Bloomington told him several McLean County women who reported sexual assaults when they went to the hospital for treatment ended up getting arrested because they had outstanding warrants. He said the problem does not happen often, but there have been incidents statewide.

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A new state law will protect victims of sexual assault from being arrested due to outstanding warrants or fines when reporting the crime.

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After six years with YWCA McLean County, President and CEO D. Dontae Latson is leaving the organization.

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YWCA McLean County’s program for formerly incarcerated women is one of 10 statewide finalists with a chance to win $250,000 from Google.

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Editor’s note: This is the second story in a three-part series about child care issues in central Illinois. Part 1 focused on the cost of care. Part 3 will air Friday on GLT’s Sound Ideas.

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McLean County’s median household income is almost $65,000, but panelists at a McLean County League of Women Voters forum Tuesday night said despite that, the problem of poverty is creating waiting lists for social service agencies and leaving some people without help.

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A federally funded grant will benefit the YWCA McLean County’s reintergration program for formerly incarcerated women.

Labyrinth received a near $800,000 Second Chance grant from the Department of Justice. The money will go towards hiring additional staff and expanding existing services.

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Following Christine Blasey Ford’s testimony against now Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh, the national sexual assault hotline saw a 147 percent increase in calls.

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Stand Up for Social Justice held a vigil Tuesday night to support victims of sexual assault.

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An advocate for sexual assault victims said the latest social media movement is changing the conversation about abuse survivors.

Solar Panels Save YWCA $14K

Aug 16, 2018
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The YWCA McLean County has saved about $14,000 in the 10 months since installing its 123-kilowatt solar panel.

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A year after Bloomington’s Public Safety and Community Relations Board (PSCRB) was created, questions linger about the board's independence.


The Peoria Riverfront Museum welcomed its one-millionth visitor—a YWCA McLean County employee.

Di Ann Sanchez

For many Americans, Sept. 11, 2001, remains an indelible date. It is an especially traumatic memory for Di Ann Sanchez.

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A Bloomington police detective who has worked with YWCA McLean County’s Stepping Stones program for sexual assault survivors said he will no longer help with its trainings in part because of the YWCA’s support for a citizen-led police advisory board.

Local Women Mark National Equal Pay Day

Apr 10, 2018
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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.

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One of the lead proponents of a Welcoming City ordinance says he wants to turn the public’s focus back to those who’d most be affected by it—undocumented immigrants whose daily lives are filled with fear about being deported.