Jan 17, 2021

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Memphis-Area Residents Without Internet Must Wait Days for Vaccination Appointments, While Others Go to the Front of the Line

By by Wendi C. Thomas and Hannah Grabenstein, MLK50: Justice Through Journalism
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  • Three hours after the SCHD’s email was sent to media and community partners, residents had already snapped up more than 40% of the 10,800 appointments available, according to a review of the online registration site by MLK50: Justice Through Journalism and ProPublica.
  • In an interview Tuesday, Haushalter said that because the state didn’t notify her agency until Friday that additional doses were on their way, the department didn’t have time to develop a grassroots communication strategy that would have, for example, partnered with radio stations with a high share of Black listeners in order to reach people without internet access.
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Thousands of Illinois Drivers Would Get Their Licenses Back Under a Criminal Justice Reform Bill

By by Melissa Sanchez
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  • Illinois lawmakers voted to end the practice of suspending driver’s licenses for unpaid red-light and speed camera tickets, part of a broader criminal justice reform package passed this week.
  • ProPublica reported in 2018 on how Black motorists on Chicago’s West and South sides are disproportionately harmed by license suspensions over unpaid tickets, part of a series on how the city’s ticketing and debt collection systems have burdened the poor and led to tens of thousands of bankruptcies.
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The Radicalization of Kevin Greeson

By by Connor Sheets, AL.com
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  • Over a plate of eggs Benedict at Whisk’d Cafe, a lunch spot in Decatur near the former Goodyear plant where Greeson worked for over two decades, Norman said that, like many other longtime residents, he has become more committed to Republican politics over the past 10 years.
  • In the weeks leading up to his death, he gave up Fox News for less mainstream right-wing news sources and wrote a series of posts on the conservative-leaning social media site Parler advocating political violence in response to what he saw as Democrats’ efforts to “steal” the 2020 election from the president.
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Donald Trump Built a National Debt So Big (Even Before the Pandemic) That It’ll Weigh Down the Economy for Years

By by Allan Sloan, ProPublica, and Cezary Podkul for ProPublica
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  • After he took office, Trump predicted that economic growth created by the 2017 tax cut, combined with the proceeds from the tariffs he imposed on a wide range of goods from numerous countries, would help eliminate the budget deficit and let the U.S. begin to pay down its debt.
  • The growth in the annual deficit under Trump ranks as the third-biggest increase, relative to the size of the economy, of any U.S. presidential administration, according to a calculation by a leading Washington budget maven, Eugene Steuerle, co-founder of the Urban-Brookings Tax Policy Center.
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Bill Banning Locked Seclusion and Face-Down Restraints in Illinois Schools Stalls as Lawmakers Run Out of Time

By by Jennifer Smith Richards, Chicago Tribune, and Jodi S. Cohen, ProPublica
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  • The legislation “had critical components to protect students from harmful and abusive use of seclusion and restraint practices in school,” said Chris Yun with Access Living, a nonprofit that advocates for people with disabilities.
  • “Once again, Illinois has failed its children and lost the opportunity to reform school practices that are a serious threat to the safety and well-being of students with disabilities,” said Zena Naiditch, president and CEO of Chicago-based Equip for Equality, a federally appointed watchdog for people with disabilities.
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