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Illinois quick hits: Civil rights lawsuit filed against university; campsites open for eclipse viewing

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Storm system moving through

Tuesday brings a mixed bag of weather conditions for Illinois. A strong storm system is expected to drag a cold front through the state, triggering strong to severe thunderstorms.

Ahead of the incoming cold front, strong southerly winds will bring an unseasonably warm and moist air mass to Illinois with high temperatures warming into the 70s. As colder temperatures filter in, rain should mix and change to snow after midnight, allowing up to a half inch of snow to accumulate in some areas.

Civil rights lawsuit filed against university

The Equal Protection Project has filed a federal civil rights lawsuit against Western Illinois University.

According to the firm AthosPR, the complaint alleges that the school’s scholarship programs are in violation of the Fourteenth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution by discriminating based on race, color, and sexual orientation. The complaint states the scholarships either restrict eligibility to students who are African American, Black women, Latino, or students who identify as LGBTQ.

Campsites open for eclipse viewing

The Illinois Department of Agriculture announced online registration for campers at the Du Quoin State Fairgrounds is open for solar eclipse viewing. The Eclipse Weekend package rate is $100 for a four-night stay.

The DuQuoin State Fairgrounds are located within 20 miles of the solar eclipse path of totality occurring April 8. While the entire country will experience a partial solar eclipse, only the narrow path of totality will experience a total solar eclipse when the sky darkens as the moon blocks all sunlight.