Illinois Statehouse
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February 14, 2017

Budget Address Preview; Evangelicals & Refugees; Local Programs Address Food Poverty

On the 21st: We got a preview of Governor Rauner’s upcoming budget address and learned what social service agencies that rely on state funding hope to hear. We also discussed a recent letter signed by hundreds of conservative evangelical leaders denouncing President Trump's immigration executive order and learned about two new initiatives aimed at providing food to those in need.


A crowd listens to guest speakers at the Jan. 21 women's march in Champaign's Westside Park.
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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.


A sign at Washington Dulles International Airport welcomes travelers.
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February 09, 2017

Appeals Court Rejects Bid To Reinstate Trump’s Travel Ban

A federal appeals court has unanimously rejected a Trump administration request to allow its travel ban to take effect. The three-judge appeals panel declined to overturn a lower court's order suspending the president's ban against entry into the United States from seven majority-Muslim nations.


This still image taken from United States Courts shows Judge James Robart listening to a case at Seattle Courthouse on March 12, 2013 in Seattle. Robart placed a nationwide hold on President Donald Trump's executive order, banning travel to the
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February 06, 2017

Immigration Ban Blocked; Central Illinois Trump Supporter; Illinois Politics; ISU President

On the 21st: We talked with a Chicago-based immigration lawyer about what the halt to President Trump's immigration ban means for people trying to get into Illinois. Plus, we talked with a Stonington resident about getting to meet President Trump in person, get the latest in Illinois politics and spoke with the president of Illinois State University about how they've been faring throughout the budget stalemate.


President Trump speaks on the phone with Vladimir Putin, Russia's president, during the first official phone talks in the Oval Office last Saturday.
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February 05, 2017

Fact Checking This Week In The Trump Administration

It's only the second week of the Trump administration, but there has been a continued tension with facts. In his first week, the president boasted about his inaugural crowds and doubled down on false claims that there were millions of illegal voters who swayed the results of the popular vote.


President Donald Trump faces more than 50 lawsuits after just two weeks in office.
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February 04, 2017

After Two Weeks In Office, Trump Faces More Than 50 Lawsuits

Donald Trump has been president for two weeks, and he is already facing dozens of lawsuits over White House policies and his personal business dealings. That's far more than his predecessors faced in their first days on the job. The lawsuits started on Inauguration Day, and they haven't let up.


The United States Capitol Building in Washington, D.C.
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February 02, 2017

Where Does Your Member Of Congress Stand On Trump’s Immigration Order?

Last week, President Trump signed an executive order suspending new-refugee admissions for 120 days and blocking travelers from seven Muslim-majority countries — Iraq, Iran, Syria, Yemen, Sudan, Libya and Somalia — for 90 days. Syrian refugees are banned indefinitely. NPR and dozens of member stations wanted to help the public understand where its lawmakers stand on the issue.


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