David Gill
Sean Powers / Illinois Public Media
March 07, 2017

Congressional Hopeful Gill Throws Sixth Hat Into Ring

​David Gill says he’s running again for Congress next year, and President Donald Trump is the reason why. The Bloomington Democrat -- who’s run for the US House five times before -- says his problems with Trump go beyond disagreements over policy, and concern the nation’s core values.


NPR Staff give context to tweets from President Trump.
Chelsea Beck / NPR
March 07, 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.


Republican Mayoral candidate Rex Bradfield, during a March 2013 debate at the Champaign City Building.
Jeff Bossert/Illinois Public Media
March 03, 2017

Republican Urbana Mayoral Candidate Bradfield Voted In Democratic Primary

Urbana’s Republican candidate for mayor says he made an honest mistake when he cast a ballot in this week’s Democratic Mayoral primary. Rex Bradfield says he thought signing the form provided by election judges on Tuesday only confirmed his identity, and not that he was affiliated with the Democratic Party. "It never occurred to me that I was putting myself in a position of perjuring myself," he said.


Republican State Senator Chapin Rose of Mahomet.
Seth Perlman / AP
March 03, 2017

With ‘Grand Bargain’ In Doubt, State Senators Go Home Until Tuesday

Illinois Senators left Springfield Thursday without voting on the so-called "grand bargain.” Senate President John Cullerton says Democrats were left out to dry by Governor Bruce Rauner. He says Rauner instructed Republicans to withhold their support. But GOP Senator Chapin Rose, of Mahomet, says his side can wait a couple more weeks for a better deal.


"At least a dozen cars and several dozen agents were visible along Adams Street during the late morning and early afternoon hours." -WCBU
Cass Herrington/WCBU
March 02, 2017

Caterpillar Raid; ‘Grand Bargain’ Update; Flowers & Cold Weather; La Vida Baseball

On the 21st: Law enforcement officials raided Caterpillar headquarters this morning. We talked about that and discussed the collapse of the 'grand bargain' and what's on the horizon for Illinois lawmakers. Plus, we got tips on how to protect your early-emerging plants from the upcoming freezing temperatures and learned about a new digital magazine about the history of Latinos in baseball.


Chase Cavanaugh/WNIJ
March 01, 2017

Tornadoes Hit Illinois; Travel Ban & Health Care; Title IX & Sexual Assault; State Farm

On the 21st: We checked in with areas of the state affected by Tuesday night's severe weather and discussed the impact of the Trump administration's travel ban on health care, with a focus on rural and under-served areas. We also continued our series on sexual assault on college campuses with a discussion about Title IX and got the latest on State Farm's losses pertaining to auto insurance.


Mayor Laurel Prussing with Alderwoman Diane Marlin at the Brookens Administrative Center Tuesday night.
Jeff Bossert/Illinois Public Media
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.


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