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.


The Champaign-Urbana Film Society is accepting entries for this year's Pens to Lens student screenwriting and filmmaking competition.
Pens to Lens
February 07, 2017

‘Pens To Lens’ Accepting 2017 Entries

The Pens to Lens student screenwriting competition is now in its fifth year.  The project of the Champaign-Urbana Film Society is accepting screenwriting submissions from K-12 students in east central Illinois now through February 28th.


Betsy DeVos, who was confirmed as U-S Education Secretary by the Senate on Tuesday, Feb. 7th.
Carolyn Kester / AP
February 07, 2017

Betsy DeVos Confirmed As Education Secretary

The U-S Senate on Tuesday confirmed Betsy DeVos as President Trump's education secretary, 51-50. Vice President Pence had to cast an unprecedented tie-breaking vote, after hearings that became fodder for Saturday Night Live; after angry constituents swamped Senate offices with 1.5 million calls a day; after two Republican senators defected; and Democrats held the floor overnight in protest.


Republican Congressman John Shimkus of Illinois' 15th District during a 2013 interview with WILL
(Jeff Bossert/WILL)
February 06, 2017

Shimkus On The Future of Trade In the Trump Administration

The 15th District Republican Congressman from Collinsville admits this is one area where he differs from President Donald Trump. Shimkus says he's always been for open markets and more trade, but cites the president's rejection of the 12-country Trans Pacific Partnership, or TPP.  He says those in organized labor, like steelworkers, look forward to better deals, but things are unclear at the moment. "Where there is uncertainty, there is risk," he said.


This still image taken from United States Courts shows Judge James Robart listening to a case at Seattle Courthouse on March 12, 2013 in Seattle. Robart placed a nationwide hold on President Donald Trump's executive order, banning travel to the
United States Courts via AP
February 06, 2017

Immigration Ban Blocked; Central Illinois Trump Supporter; Illinois Politics; ISU President

On the 21st: We talked with a Chicago-based immigration lawyer about what the halt to President Trump's immigration ban means for people trying to get into Illinois. Plus, we talked with a Stonington resident about getting to meet President Trump in person, get the latest in Illinois politics and spoke with the president of Illinois State University about how they've been faring throughout the budget stalemate.


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