Signage is displayed outside a Planned Parenthood office in Peoria, Ill. Donald Trump's political inner circle is very much in favor of defunding the organization.
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January 15, 2017

What You Need To Know About The Coming Fight Over Planned Parenthood Funding

House Speaker Paul Ryan announced Thursday that Republicans will — once again — vote to cut off federal tax dollars for Planned Parenthood. They are planning to include the measure as part of a bigger upcoming bill to repeal pillars of Obamacare. This isn't the first time that they have tried to pass this type of legislation — President Obama vetoed a similar bill last January.


In this June 9, 2015 photo, members of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees protest outside the in Chicago.
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January 13, 2017

AFSCME Members To Vote On Strike Authorization In Illinois

The largest public-employee union in Illinois will ask its members this month whether they'd support a strike in a contract dispute with Gov. Bruce Rauner's administration. The state council of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees told members Friday that they'll vote on authorizing the union's bargaining committee to call a strike.


Urbana resident Bryton Mellott (middle) addresses the media, along with ACLU of Illinois attorney Rebecca Glenberg and spokesperson Ed Yohnka.
Jeff Bossert/Illinois Public Media
January 12, 2017

Urbana Man Arrested In 2016 Flag-Burning Incident Files Lawsuit

Bryton Mellott, who was arrested last July for burning an American flag and posting pictures of it on Facebook, has filed a federal lawsuit against four Urbana police officers. He wants to see Illinois' flag descreation law officially declared unconstitutional. The 22-year old Urbana resident says he burned the flag in response to the current political climate, and mass shootings, including the incident that claimed 49 lives at a gay nightclub in Orlando last summer.


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