Chris Kennedy at a University of Illinois Board of Trustees meeting in 2014.
Illinois Public Media
February 10, 2017

Interview With Gubernatorial Candidate Chris Kennedy

Chris Kennedy announced Wednesday he's running for Illinois Governor in 2018 in what's shaping up to be a crowded race for Democrats vying to take on Republican Governor Bruce Rauner. The son of the late Sen. Robert Kennedy and founder of a non-profit that works to eliminate food deserts in the Chicago area spoke with Illinois Public Radio's Lacy Scarmana on what he hopes to accomplish.


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.


A sign at Washington Dulles International Airport welcomes travelers.
Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images
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.


Supporters of the Affordable Care Act, who are also opponents of Colorado's GOP-led plan to undo Colorado's state-run insurance exchange, gather for a rally on the state Capitol steps in Denver, Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2017.
Brennan Linsley/Associated Press
February 09, 2017

The Future Of The Nation’s Health Care Law

Republican leaders in Congress have started the process of dismantling the Affordable Care Act. But an advocate in Champaign says she is glad to see they're slowing down the process of repeal and replace. GOP Congressman John Shimkus of Collinsville expects finding that replacement, made up of a "multitude of bills", will take most of 2017.


Students rally at the Capitol Rotunda Wednesday.
WUIS
February 08, 2017

College Students Rally At The Statehouse

College students rallied in the state Capitol rotunda Wednesday. They’re urging lawmakers to restore state funding to universities and community colleges. State schools have already cut faculty, classes, and services. But thousands of public and private Illinois college students may have to drop out if lawmakers don’t revive low-income MAP grants for next semester.


sick child
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February 08, 2017

Sick Kids & School; Conversations On Race; Bat Robot; Obama Day

On the 21st: We explored how to decide when to keep a sick child home - and when to send them to school. We also talked to two Carbondale residents about the role conversations about race play in this political climate. Plus, we learned about a robot that flies like a bat and discussed the proposals to establish August 4 as Obama Day in Illinois.


Chicago businessman Chris Kennedy, poses for a portrait in his office Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2017, in Chicago. Kennedy, the son of the late Sen. Robert F. Kennedy Jr., says he will run for Illinois governor in 2018.
Charles Rex Arbogast/Associated Press
February 08, 2017

Kennedy To Run For Governor In 2018

Chicago businessman and former University of Illinois Board of Trustees Chairman Chris Kennedy will join the Democratic race for Illinois Governor, and will file paperwork with the state later Wednesday. Kennedy made the announcement with a campaign website and annoucement on YouTube. The son of the late U.S. Sen. Robert Kennedy says in a statement that he loves Illinois and the state has "never been in worse shape.'' He says state government needs "fundamental change.''


Illinois Senate President John Cullerton speaks to reporters
Seth Perlman/Associated Press
February 07, 2017

Illinois Senate Discusses Budget Privately, Takes No Vote

The Illinois Senate passed another day in Springfield without a vote on its much-anticipated budget compromise. Democrats and Republicans discussed the plan separately in private meetings lasting hours
Tuesday. But there were no votes on the plan. Leaders have been discussing for weeks ways to break a nearly two-year budget stalemate.


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