Supporters for Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton stand side-by-side at a campaign event.
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December 13, 2016

Illinois Issues: Great American Divide

The presidential election highlighted a divide that is so deep, citizens in Illinois and across the country can’t even agree on the same set of facts.  Dan Hagen explores the topic this week for Illinois Issues.


Chinese magazine cover featuring Donald Trump.
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December 12, 2016

China Expresses ‘Serious Concern’ Over Trump’s Comments On Taiwan

The Chinese government has expressed "serious concerns" over President-elect Donald Trump's comment to Fox News that he wouldn't feel "bound by a one-China policy unless we make a deal with China having to do with other things, including trade."


Former Illinois Congressman Aaron Schock,  in a photo from his Instagram page.
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December 12, 2016

Former Congressman Aaron Schock To Be Arraigned Monday Afternoon

Former Congressman Aaron Schock is due to be arraigned in a Springfield courtroom Monday afternoon. The 35-year-old Republican is charged with scheming to defraud the government, campaign donors, and constituents. Federal prosecutors say it adds up to thousands upon thousands of dollars for everything from cars and cameras to vacations and Super Bowl tickets.


The Urbana City Building
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December 11, 2016

Urbana City Council To Vote On Sanctuary City Resolution

Urbana aldermen will have their first opportunity Monday to consider making the community a "sanctuary city," protecting undocumented residents. Alderman Eric Jakobsson says he's behind the idea, but is opposed to the measure on the agenda for Monday night's City Council Committee of the Whole meeting, calling it "rhetoric" that doesn't address any real issues. Jakobsson says he instead favors an earlier draft resolution put together by a member of the city staff.


Exelon Corp. logo
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December 07, 2016

Gov. Rauner Signs Bill Providing Subsidies To Exelon

Governor Bruce Rauner has signed legislation providing billions of dollars in subsidies to Exelon to save two struggling nuclear plants saving 1400 jobs at the two facilities. The Future Energy Jobs Bill provides a $235 million annual subsidy to Exelon, and ensures the plants will stay open the next ten years.


Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan, a Democrat from Chicago
Seth Perlman / AP
December 07, 2016

Little Progress Seen In Tuesday Budget Talks

Illinois' political leaders say things are remaining civil behind closed doors as they hold budget meetings, though they’re having trouble agreeing on how to hold future meetings.


U of I President Tim Killeen speaks at Monday's Urbana campus Academic Senate meeting at the Illini Union.
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December 06, 2016

Killeen: No Sanctuary Status For U Of I

University of Illinois President Tim Killeen says the school’s three campuses can not serve as a sanctuary for undocumented students - citing the need to uphold state and federal laws. In a mass e-mail Tuesday, Killeen says the sanctuary concept is not well defined. But he says leaders will continue to do all they can within the law to support and protect all students, including those who are undocumented.


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