Wrongful Conviction Day is a day to remember the fallibility of our legal system. America has one of the best criminal justice systems in the world. But despite our numerous constitutional protections and our legal commitment to due process, mistakes still happen. The Illinois Innocence Project was founded to correct those mistakes.
The 2,271 flags represent individuals who have been exonerated since 1989. The 237 blue flags are for those wrongful convictions in Illinois. All told, these people lost more than 20,000 years of their lives in prison.
You can learn more about Wrongful Conviction Day on their website. UIS has a strong relationship with the Innocence Project. You can see more of their work, including current cases and volunteer opportunities, here.
LIVE | Springfield City Council committee of the whole Dec. 11th
Follow along live with the Springfield City Council’s committee of the whole meeting for December 11th.
LIVE | Springfield City Council Meeting December 4th
Follow along live with the Springfield City Council meeting for December 4th. There is a presentation by EmberClear about a proposed gas-fired plant.
Bustos’ American-made flag bill passes in the House
In 2015, the Federal government spent $4.4 million on foreign-made American flags. Almost all of these flags, which were used by the Department of Defense, came from China. Illinois Congresswoman Cheri Bustos was appalled when she learned this from a veteran. Under current law, flags only need to be made of 50 percent American-made materials.
Bustos’ bill would require American flags purchased with taxpayer dollars be wholly produced in the United States. Yesterday, that bill passed the House. Bustos has been working on this issue for years; and this is not the first time her measure has made it out of the house.
HR 3121 will now go to the Senate to be voted on there.
You can watch Bustos’ speech in the player. You can read the bill here.