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217 Today: Urbana school district swears in first Latina board member

Citlaly Stanton, Urbana School District 116's first Latina board member, sits next to Ben Baxley during a board of education meeting as new members.

Monday, May 15, 2023

Today’s headlines:

  • Abortion rights supporters in Champaign-Urbana are trying to pass legislation to force crisis pregnancy centers to be more explicit about the services they do and don’t provide.
  • Gun shop owners say they’re stuck in the middle as conflicting decisions in the challenges to Illinois’ ban on semi-automatic firearms play out in the courts.
  • The Illinois Senate has passed bills aimed at improving access to healthcare.
  • The Illinois Republican Party chair says the GOP needs to embrace voting by mail.

In today’s deep dive, we hear a conversation with the first Latina member of the Urbana School District’s Board of Education.

Reporting today contributed by Farrah Anderson, Mawa Iqbal, Camryn Cutinello, Tim Shelley and Luis Velazquez.

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Owen Henderson

Owen Henderson covers arts and culture, as well as LGBTQ issues for Illinois Public Media News. He studied journalism, Spanish and theater at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and has worked with Illinois Public Media in various capacities since 2021.

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