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Perspectives on Progress: Rep. Jones warns lawmakers cannot ‘legislate morality’

Jerry Nowicki

The recognition that institutional racism exists in Illinois’ law enforcement, education system and houses of worship, for example, came as “an awakening” for many residents, Rep. Thaddeus Jones said, and it will be impossible for the state to “move forward” until Illinoisans confront those issues by having honest conversations.

Perspectives on Progress: Demmer says GOP willing to listen to police reform proposals

Peter Hancock

State Rep. Tom Demmer, R-Dixon, the Deputy House Minority Leader, discusses how the Black Lives Matter movement is resonating even in largely white, rural communities like those in his district, and he says he and his GOP colleagues are willing to listen to ideas about making systemic reforms to address racial inequality.

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