In this Dec. 3, 2015, file photo, Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner speaks at an event in Chicago. Illinois legislative leaders said they made minor progress during a Tuesday, Dec. 8, meeting aimed at ending the state budget stalemate, including agreeing to
M. Spencer Green/Associated Press
December 08, 2015

Rauner Condemns Trump Comments, Keeps Stance On Syrian Refugees

Gov. Bruce Rauner Tuesday described Donald Trump's call for a ban on Muslims entering the U.S. as "an extreme action" and "fundamentally counter to American values."  But he maintained his stance on Syrian refugees entering Illinois, and now Iraqis as well.


John Shimkus, during an interview with WILL in 2013.
Jeff Bossert/Illinois Public Media
November 17, 2015

Illinois Republicans In Congress Back Closing Borders To Syrian Refugees

​Republicans in Illinois' Congressional delegation are on board with Governor Bruce Rauner's move to temporarily close the state's borders to Syrian refugees in the wake of the terrorist attacks in Paris. The state's eight Republican House members are also condemning President Obama's plan to let in 10,000 refugees from that country this year.


Stephen Voss/NPR
October 28, 2015

New Host, Kelly McEvers, Will Bring Her Midwestern Roots To All Things Considered

Kelly McEvers knew from the first story she wrote for the Daily Illini while studying at the University of Illinois that she wanted to be a journalist. You've heard her report more recently as NPR's Beirut Bureau Chief and now as one of the new hosts of All Things Considered

McEvers recently talked with Illinois Public Media's Amanda Honigfort about being a foreign correspondent, bringing more of Midwest perspective to All Things Considered, and growing up in nearby Lincoln, Illinois. 


An older blue car.
Rich Berning
October 13, 2015

Trade Mission: Cuba

Agricultural products have for years been exempt from the U.S. embargo put in place in the '60s, but records show in 2008, Illinois exported $66 million in corn and soy to Cuba.


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