Effingham Daily News: Illinois cultural journalism collection now available for free in Digital Public Library. “The complete contents of a south-central Illinois cultural journalism project, ‘Tales from the General Store,’ is now available at no cost in the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA). In the tradition of Foxfire, the Tales project was created by author and now-retired educator Ray Elliott to provide the opportunity for high school and college students to learn about journalism through hands-on experience in interviewing and writing about people from rural Illinois who lived and worked during the early part of the 20th century when general stores were at the heart of small, tight-knit communities. In addition to the educational student benefit, these stories have helped to preserve some of the history and culture of this era in Illinois for the public.”
The Verge: Crucial biometric privacy law survives Illinois court fight. “Privacy advocates won a crucial court victory on Friday, as the Illinois Supreme Court dismissed a case that would have pared back a state law limiting the use of facial recognition and other biometrics.”
Northern Public Radio: New Illinois Law Includes Unwanted Social Media Messages As Stalking Behavior. “Unwanted social media messages are now on the list of behaviors that can be cited when petitioning to file for stalking ‘no-contact order.’ That’s one of the hundreds of new Illinois laws that went into effect in the new year. Previously, phone calls, text messages and emails were included, but not messages from platforms like Facebook or Twitter.”
ProPublica Illinois: How to Use the Ticket Trap, Our New Database That Lets You Explore How Chicago Tickets Motorists and Collects Debt. “This week, we published a new database that lets you explore how ticketing, debt and the rates at which people appeal their tickets compare across Chicago’s 50 wards. We call it The Ticket Trap. Why? Because as our reporting over the past year has shown, thousands of Chicago motorists — particularly residents of low-income and black neighborhoods — lose their right to drive or lose their vehicles. Many file for bankruptcy as a way out.”
PR Newswire: CPASS Foundation Launches Illinois’ First Comprehensive STEM Education Resource Database for Students from Underrepresented Communities (PRESS RELEASE). “The statewide database will aggregate all of the available STEM education programs, resources and opportunities available to Illinois K-12 students. It is designed to make STEM opportunities available to underserved students from an earlier age, and ultimately bring greater diversity and opportunity to healthcare and technology. This online portal will be easy to navigate; updated in real-time for parents, educators, students and mentors; and be the foundation for an ecosystem of opportunities, including a growing number of CPASS STEM programs.”
Chicago Tribune: New website offers comparative shopping data for prospective Illinois college students. “The state is rolling out an ambitious new centralized data portal for prospective Illinois college students that compiles information on graduation rates, costs, student debt and, for the first time, potential career earnings of graduates of the state’s two- and four-year institutions.”
JournalStar: Nick in the AM: Minonk library’s local newspaper collection enters digital age. “The library recently completed an effort to digitize its microfilmed collection of Minonk newspapers. The collection ranges from 1873 to 2014 and includes most but not all of the editions of the Minonk News-Dispatch, the Minonk Register and the Woodford County Journal, among other titles.” Minonk is in Illinois.