Carol Ammons at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia.
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July 27, 2016

State Rep. Ammons On Backing Bernie Sanders, The TPP, & Gov. Bruce Rauner

State Representative Carol Ammons of Urbana came to the Democratic National Convention this week to support Senator Bernie Sanders. But the Democrat says she was not among those in the 'Bernie or Bust' group that would not support Hillary Clinton. She told Illinois Public Radio's Amanda Vinicky Wednesday that Clinton will 'really surprise everyone', and supports what Sanders says is the 'best course forward.'


pregnancy
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July 27, 2016

Chemicals Of Concern; Police Chief Who Took Bullet For Reagan; Lawns & Native Landscape

On the 21st: We talked with scientists about chemicals in everyday products that may be dangerous to pregnant women and children. We also learned about the Chicago neighborhood that will soon be home to the Obama Presidential Library and heard from Orland Park Police Chief Tim McCarthy about his reaction to would-be presidential assassin John Hinckley, Jr.'s release. Plus, we spoke about the American lawn and how to incorporate native plants into home landscaping.


The Illinois sign at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia.
Amanda Vinicky/Illinois Public Radio
July 27, 2016

Illinois Delegation Gets Moment In Spotlight

The Illinois Democratic Party got 90 seconds in the national spotlight Tuesday, as delegates officially cast their votes for the party's nominee for president. Tony Arnold and Lauren Chooljian take us into the arena for that state-by-state roll call vote.


In this Jan. 15, 2014 file photo, a Los Angeles Police officer wears an on-body camera during a demonstration in Los Angeles.
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July 27, 2016

Champaign Council Unanimously Backs Body Cams For Police

The Champaign City Council has taken the initial step towards providing police body cameras for all city officers.  Members unanimously endorsed providing the cameras for 125 officers in Tuesday’s study session, with a final contract expected in 4 to 6 weeks. Police Chief Anthony Cobb says the cameras increase accountability, and make things safer for both the officer and the public.


Christopher Kennedy's introduction to the media as a potential candidate for Illinois governor in 2018 got off to a rocky start at the Democratic National Convention.
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July 26, 2016

Chris Kennedy Bickers With Press As He Considers Run For Illinois Governor

Chris Kennedy’s introduction to the media as a potential candidate for Illinois governor in 2018 got off to a rocky start at the Democratic National Convention. After a speech in which he criticized Governor Bruce Rauner, the former chairman of the University of Illinois Board of Trustees attempted to rush past reporters, and would not answer questions about possibly running for governor himself in 2018.


Harness racing.
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July 26, 2016

Despite Statewide Decline, Harness Racing Continues At Champaign County Fair

Harness racing --- horses racing at a trot or gait while pulling a driver in a two-wheeled cart --- is a longtime feature of the Champaign County Fair in Urbana. But races that were held every weekday at the fair a decade ago are now reduced to a single session set for Tuesday evening at 7 PM.


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