Mayor Laurel Prussing with Alderwoman Diane Marlin at the Brookens Administrative Center Tuesday night.
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March 01, 2017

Marlin Wins Primary, Tops Prussing By 900 Votes

For the first time since 2005, Urbana will have a new mayor. Alderwoman Diane Marlin bested incumbent Mayor Laurel Prussing by more than 900 votes in Tuesday’s Democratic primary – and she’ll take on Republican Rex Bradfield in the April 4th election. Marlin maintained the early lead she held through early voting, finishing with an unofficial total of 2,427 votes. Prussing had 1,510, while Evelyn Burnette Underwood finished third with 316.


Former Democratic Gov. Steve Beshear speaks to reporters in Frankfort, Ky., on Wednesday, April 27, 2016. Beshear will deliver the Democratic response tonight to President Trump's address to Congress.
Adam Beam/AP
February 28, 2017

Democratic Party Response To President Trump’s Address, Annotated

Shortly after the president concludes, Former Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear will deliver the Democratic Response to President Trump’s address. Beshear was chosen by Democratic Party leaders for his record, expanding affordable health care. NPR will have a transcript of Beshear’s remarks and journalists across the NPR newsroom will also be annotating his remarks.


President Donald Trump addressing Congress.
Alex Brandon / AP
February 28, 2017

President Trump’s Address To A Joint Session Of Congress, Annotated

President Trump will address a joint session of Congress for the first time on Tuesday evening at the Capitol, around 8:00 PM Central Time. NPR will offer this live transcript of the remarks, and NPR journalists with expertise in politics, immigration, business, law and more will offer their analysis and annotations.


Illinois Senate President John Cullerton, D-Chicago, walks into Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner's office during veto session at the Illinois State Capitol Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2016, in Springfield.
AP Photo/Seth Perlman
February 28, 2017

Illinois Senate Makes Progress On ‘Grand Bargain’

The Illinois Senate has moved forward on pieces of a budget compromise. But the tough votes are scheduled for Wednesday. The Senate approved non-contentious parts of what's called the "grand bargain'' on Tuesday. It's an effort to find a breakthrough on a two-year stalemate between Gov. Bruce Rauner and the Legislature.


February 28, 2017

LIVE STREAM: President Trump’s Address to Congress

President Donald Trump will deliver his first address to a Joint Session of Congress at 8 pm (CT) Tuesday, Feb. 28. Stream the address live from here, with special PBS NewsHour coverage beginning at 6 pm (CT).  


A chasm.
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February 28, 2017

Illinois Issues: The Great Pension Chasm

Now Illinois is $130 billion away from having its pension systems fully funded. The debt is the standing legacy of the 100-plus years of missed opportunity. Those contributions that Illinois never made could’ve sat in investments and banks, accruing interest and returns — namely the world’s postwar boom that has only lately started to subside. Public employees are in the political crosshairs through no fault of their own.


Urbana mayoral candidate Evelyn Burnett Underwood.
Jim Meadows / Illinois Public Media
February 24, 2017

‘I Am Urbana’: Evelyn Burnett Underwood Running For Mayor

Evelyn Burnett Underwood has been attending Urbana City Council meetings for years. But now, she’d like to do so as the city’s mayor. Underwood is one of three candidates ---- along with Ald. Diane Marlin and incumbent Laurel Prussing --- seeking the Democratic nomination for mayor in Urbana.


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AFSCME
February 23, 2017

AFSCME Members Vote To Authorize Possible Strike

Members of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) — the biggest labor union representing Illinois state workers — have taken a big step toward a possible strike.
 
The state council of AFSMCE reported Thursday that union members voted overwhelmingly in favor of a strike.


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