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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.

Perspectives on Progress: Welch calls for broad, systemic reforms in wake of protests

Peter Hancock

In the wake of nationwide protests over the death of George Floyd, Chicago-area Rep. Emanuel “Chris” Welch is calling for a statewide response to hold police accountable for excessive use of force and to address what he sees as “institutional racism” that has devastated many black communities in Illinois.

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