U of I Law Professor Francis Boyle addresses the Urbana City Council on December 19, 2016, in support of the Sanctuary City measure that leaders passed on a 5-1 vote.
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February 21, 2017

What It Means To Be A Sanctuary City In Urbana

On Tuesday, the Trump Administration released details on new policies to ramp up federal immigration detentions and deportations. Ahead of the move, Urbana joined hundreds of other cities in declaring itself a sanctuary city – meaning they’ll offer some protections to people in the country illegally. That could cost the city roughly $1 million in federal funds, based on recent executive orders from the president.


Lt. Gov. Evelyn Sanguinetti talks to Urbana Park District Executive Director Tim Bartlett during a stop at the Urbana Indoor Aquatic Center on Tuesday
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February 21, 2017

Sanguinetti Lauds Urbana Schools, Park District Cooperation

Illinois Lieutenant Governor Evelyn Sanguinetti is hailing cooperation between the Urbana Park District and the Urbana School District as an example for the rest of the state. She spoke Tuesday at the Urbana Indoor Aquatic Center, a facility owned by the school district  and managed by the park district.


The Illinois Farm Bureau in Bloomington, Ill.
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February 21, 2017

Illinois Agricultural Economy; Mexican Social Club

On the 21st: With commodity prices low for corn, wheat, cattle and hogs, how are Illinois farmers faring? We checked in with farmers in various industries and also spoke with a member of the Cuitzillo social club in East Aurora to hear her thoughts on the first few weeks of President Trump in the White House.


Rep.-elect Cheri Bustos D-Ill. is seen on stage during a news conference with newly elected Democratic House members, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2012.
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February 20, 2017

Congresswoman Bustos Not Running For Governor In 2018

Democratic U.S. Rep. Cheri Bustos says she won't run for Illinois governor in 2018. In a statement Monday, Bustos says she decided staying in Congress is "the best way for me to continue getting real results for working families across the heartland."


U of I Urban and Regional Planning Professor Faranak Miraftab discusses her research of Beardstown at the University YMCA Friday.
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February 20, 2017

UI Planning Prof: Immigrant Residents In Beardstown ‘Fearful’ Of Deportations

Recent deportation raids targeting undocumented immigrants around the country have raised concerns in the Illinois River community of Beardstown, where a local meatpacking plant has attracted many immigrant workers. University of Illinois planning professor Faranak Miraftab has made a study of Beardstown, and the JBS meatpacking plant there that employs workers from Mexico, West Africa and other places.


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