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THE FUTURE OF What’s Happening Now

THE FUTURE OF What’s Happening Now

Normally a Contact Sport, Lobbying Goes Virtual

Lobbyists can't grab lawmakers outside of chambers and committee rooms anymore. They're doing their best to stay in the loop through calls and texts but complain the legislative process has become a lot less transparent.

By Alan Greenblatt, Senior Staff Writer  |  April 3, 2020
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Will State Preemption Leave Cities More Vulnerable?

Local governments wish state officials would do more to combat coronavirus. In a few states, they’re angry that governors have issued orders that preempt cities and counties from setting their own course.

By Alan Greenblatt, Senior Staff Writer  |  April 3, 2020
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Remembering Martin Luther King Jr. and His Legacy for Public Officials

Saturday marks the 52nd anniversary of King’s assassination. In looking back at the campaign to end legalized segregation, the participants in the civil rights movement were willing to risk their lives to ensure that everyone could vote and that anyone could aspire to public office.

By Jabari Simama, Education and Government Columnist  |  April 3, 2020
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Past Pandemics: Stopping the Flu Epidemic in Seattle, 1918

More than 100 years ago, the world struggled with another epidemic, known as the Spanish Flu. In many cities at the time, streetcars were the main form of transportation, so cities set strict rules on social distancing.

By David Kidd, Photojournalist and Storyteller  |  April 3, 2020
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Illinois Officials Concerned Coronavirus Will Impact Census

The state could lose $195 million annually for every 1 percent of the population that is undercounted. Officials hope that the coronavirus pandemic doesn’t dissuade residents from participating in the Census.

By Shaquil Manigault, Rockford Register Star  |  April 3, 2020
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