President Barack Obama delivered his farewell speech to the nation in Chicago, Illinois on Tuesday.
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January 11, 2017

Obama Defends His Legacy As He Says Farewell: ‘Yes We Can. Yes We Did’

President Obama reflected on the achievements of his eight years in the White House on Tuesday night, telling supporters in his hometown of Chicago that they were instrumental in helping him boost the nation's economy, create his signature health care reform law and extend equal rights to more Americans.


President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama walk off Air Force One after arriving at O'Hare International Airport Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2017, in Chicago.
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January 10, 2017

Obama Farewell From Chicago: Live Fact Check

The NPR Politics team and reporters across the newsroom will be live-annotating President Obama's farewell address in Chicago on Tuesday night, scheduled to begin at 8 pm CT. The team will be adding fact-checks and background to Obama's comments as he gives them. We'll be watching in particular for remarks on his legacy, national security, health care and foreign policy, among other topics.


Eastern Illinois University in Charleston
Eastern Illinois University
January 10, 2017

Illinois Issues: A Crash Course In Economics

Over the summer, Hannah Meisel took a look at how the lack of a full state budget was affecting businesses in university towns. This week, Illinois Issues is revisiting that story because as the budget impasse drags on, several universities could face fiscal crisis and college-town economies continue to suffer.


In this Sept. 15, 2015 file photo, lead grower Dave Wilson cares for marijuana plants in the "Flower Room" at the Ataraxia medical marijuana cultivation center in Albion, Ill.
Seth Perlman/Associated Press
January 09, 2017

Medical Marijuana Clinic Coming To Shelbyville

A business that works to connect those who qualify for medical marijuana to the product, and proper use of it, will open its first downstate clinic in less than a month. Caprice Sweatt, the founder and CEO of Medical Cannabis Outreach says its Shelbyville location will help those whose doctors still don’t approve of using the drug.


Champaign County Nursing Home.
Champaign County Nursing Home
January 09, 2017

Champaign County Board To Consider Choices For Nursing Home’s Future

The Champaign County Board will discuss three possible referendum questions concerning its financially strapped county nursing home at a special meeting Tuesday evening.  The choices are --- help the nursing home with a special sales tax or a property tax increase ….  or give the county permission to sell or close the facility. One of the three proposals could wind up on the ballot in the April 4th local elections.


Video monitors show the Illinois Education Funding Reform Commission meets via speakerphone linking conference rooms in Springfield and Chicago.
Dusty Rhodes / WUIS
January 09, 2017

Manar Loses Patience With School Funding Commission

 A group of lawmakers charged with revamping Illinois' property-tax-reliant school funding formula has been meeting since summer, facing a deadline of February 1 to come up with an alternative. But the group isn’t moving fast enough for State Senator Andy Manar of Bunker Hill in Macoupin County. He’s the leading Democrat on the commission. He’s also considering running for governor.


University of Illinois Police Training Institute
University of Illinois
January 09, 2017

Urbana Mayor Wants Police Training To Remain At UI Campus

A resolution on Monday night's Urbana City Council agenda, suggested by Mayor Laurel Prussing, calls for keeping the Police Training Institute at its current site in Champaign. The measure comes as Decatur philanthropist Howard Buffett has announced plans to build a new training facility in his city. Prussing was among those who worked to save PTI at the university a few years ago.


State Senator Dave Luechtefeld.
Office of Sen. David Luechtefeld
January 07, 2017

New Law Tackles Sub Shortage

A new law designed to relieve the statewide shortage of teachers and substitute teachers was signed by Gov. Bruce Rauner Friday. The legislation was sponsored by State Senator Dave Luechtefeld, a Republican.


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