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Can birthright citizenship be taken away?

In adopting the 14th Amendment, Congress unambiguously intended that the children of immigrant workers would have birthright citizenship in the U.S., said University of Illinois labor and employment relations professor Michael LeRoy, an expert on immigration and employment law.

What does Brazil’s recent election mean for its future?

Brazilian expert Jerry Davila analyzes the country’s election of a far-right president and what it might mean for the future.

100 years after influenza pandemic, why should I get a flu shot?

Influenza has no cure, but vaccines and anti-viral treatments could help thwart another deadly outbreak, says microbiology professor Christopher Brooke.

Polling and the election: What to believe?

With a much-anticipated midterm just a week away, political scientist Brian Gaines suggests we check some common assumptions about polling.

How does racial discrimination impact users of online dating websites?

University of Illinois social work professor Ryan Wade explores the prevalence and impact of racialized sexual discrimination on sexual networking websites used by gay or bisexual men of color.

How worried should we be about the 2020 census?

An accurate census is essential for public and private planning, but the 2020 effort is underfunded and behind schedule, an Illinois expert says.

Monster hurricanes: Why have recent storms been so huge?

Hurricane Michael made landfall near Mexico Beach, Florida, as the first Category 4 storm in recorded history to reach shore in the northeast Gulf Coast. News Bureau physical sciences editor Lois Yoksoulian spoke with Illinois atmospheric sciences professor Deanna Hence about the storm’s size, strength and path, and the impact of global climate change on future hurricanes. 

Should the age for required minimum distributions from retirement accounts be raised?

Changes to the age for required minimum distributions from retirement accounts could be made after the 2018 mid-term elections, said Richard L. Kaplan, an internationally recognized expert on tax policy and retirement issues, and the Guy Raymond Jones Chair in Law at Illinois.

How is higher education making college degrees more attainable?

Eboni Zamani-Gallaher, the director of the Office of Community College Research and Leadership at the University of Illinois, discusses initiatives that are making college degrees attainable for more students.

What should we make of the ‘68 Chicago Democratic Convention now?

A U. of I. political historian looks back 50 years at the 1968 Democratic Convention in Chicago.

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