National Security Adviser Michael Flynn in the east Room of the White House in Washington, Monday, Feb. 13, 2017, for a joint news conference with President Donald Trump and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.
Evan Vucci/Associated Press
February 13, 2017

Flynn Resigns Amid Russia Controversy

National security adviser Michael Flynn has resigned after reports he misled Trump administration officials about his contacts with Russia's ambassador to the U.S. Flynn's departure less than one month into the Trump administration marks an extraordinarily early shakeup in the president's senior team of advisers.


Urbana Alderwoman Diane Marlin meets with the city's local police and firefighters unions at the Illinois Law Enforcement Alarm System Building in Urbana Monday.
Jeff Bossert/Illinois Public Media
February 13, 2017

Mayoral Candidate Marlin Gets Endorsement Of Local Police, Fire

An Urbana City Council member running for mayor says she wants to strengthen ties between emergency personnel, saying it will make the community safer. Alderwoman Diane Marlin picked up the endorsement Monday of Urbana Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 70 and Urbana Firefighters Local 1147. “Anytime you have an organization - the more dialogue, communication, and collaboration you have among departments makes the city work better," she said.


In this Nov. 15, 2011 file photo, Illinois state Rep. Sara Feigenholtz, D-Chicago, is seen in Springfield.
Seth Perlman/Associated Press
February 13, 2017

New Abortion Legislation Could Bring Fight to Illinois

Donald Trump’s presidency has Illinois lawmakers weighing an issue not usually given as much attention in the General Assembly: abortion. Since the 1970s, Illinois’ abortion laws have stayed mostly the same. Brigid Leahy, legislative director of Planned Parenthood of Illinois, says legal-abortion advocates are now moving to stem the tide they see coming from Washington.


Logo of the Illinois Policy Institute.
(Illinois Policy Insitute)
February 13, 2017

School Administrators Seem Wary Of No-Tax-Hike Budget Proposal

A state budget without a state income tax hike is possible, says the Illinois Policy Institute. The conservative think-tank has released its own budget plan, which balances the budget, in part, by cutting off state subsidies for school districts and other local governments. But it’s not a plan that school administrators seem to appreciate.


NPR Staff give context to tweets from President Trump.
Chelsea Beck / NPR
February 11, 2017

President Trump’s Tweets, Annotated

President Trump tweets a lot. With tens of millions of followers on Twitter, Trump proposes policy, shares his latest actions and reacts to the news. But 140 characters rarely gives the full context. Here, we attempt to do just that for key tweets.


A crowd listens to guest speakers at the Jan. 21 women's march in Champaign's Westside Park.
Jeff Bossert/Ilinois Public Media
February 10, 2017

Separate C-U Events Take On Trump’s Policies

Two weekend events organized by Democratic groups seek out not only ways to respond to the policies of President Donald Trump, but are also intended to sign up volunteers for community groups. Organizers of Saturday's "Building a Progressive Politics in the Trump Era" include Urbana Alderman Aaron Ammons, while Sunday's "First We Marched, Now We Huddle" is seen as the Champaign County Young Democrats' follow-up to the Women's March held in downtown Champaign in January.


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