When CoreCivic Comes to Town: Lessons from Elkhart’s Grassroots Struggle to Preserve a Vibrant Community

In Elkhart, Indiana, an ICE civil detention facility was proposed at the intersection of county roads 7 and 26, a stretch of weeds and snow next to the county’s correctional facility and its huge, methane-leaking landfill. This unremarkable piece of nowhere, Indiana would have held over a thousand immigrants. They would have been held in a private, maximum-security facility with the capability to hold 60 in solitary confinement, encased in a total visual barrier. Would have — because Elkhart, like so many Chicagoland towns before it, said no.

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Concerns mount over implementation of Illinois’ historic automatic voter registration law

The Illinois automatic voter registration law is the first in the country to allow agencies outside of the Secretary of State to register voters. Democrats pushed to offer AVR at public assistance and social services agencies, which help low-income people and people of color who may not have driver’s licenses. Meanwhile at the Republican governor’s request, the state Department of Natural Resources and Department of Financial and Professional Regulation will also register voters. But a combination of unrelated policy delays, lack of state funding and security concerns all threaten the law’s rollout in Illinois.

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