District 13 protest
Elizabeth Jassin and Mike O'Neill
March 06, 2017

Washington Lawmakers’ Obligations; Affordable Care Act; Illinois Politics; MLB Changes

On the 21st: What are the legal obligations Washington lawmakers have to their constituents? Plus, with all the discussion about repealing the Affordable Care Act, we discuss what this would mean for people in Illinois. We also check in with Peoria Journal Star’s Chris Kaergard and the AP’s John O’Connor for the latest in Illinois politics, and discuss recent changes to major league baseball with WBEZ sports reporter Cheryl Raye Stout.


Image of tornado hitting a structure Southwest of Homer.
Jeff Frame
March 06, 2017

National Weather Service Looking For Severe Weather Spotters

It’s Severe Weather Preparedness Week in Illinois.  The state saw its first round of severe weather last week when tornadoes killed three people.  The National Weather Service is looking for severe weather spotters to help give people advance warning of severe weather.


President Donald Trump waves as he arrives at the White House in Washington, Sunday, March 5, 2017, from a trip to Florida.
Manuel Balce Ceneta/Associated Press
March 06, 2017

Trump Signs New Order Blocking Arrivals From 6 Majority-Muslim Countries

President Donald Trump has signed a revised travel ban that temporarily halts entry to the U.S. for people from six Muslim-majority nations who are seeking new visas. It also suspends the country's refugee program. That's according to White House spokesman Michael Short, who says the signing was done privately. The new directive aims to address legal issues with the original order, which caused confusion at airports, sparked protests around the country and was ultimately blocked by federal courts.


Illinois coach John Groce signals a play during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Nebraska in Lincoln, Neb., Sunday, Feb. 26, 2017.
Nati Harnik/Associated Press
March 04, 2017

Freeman’s 3-Pointer Lifts Rutgers Over Illinois

DeShawn Freeman scored 21 points and hit a 3-pointer with seven seconds left to lead Rutgers past Illinois 62-59 on Saturday. The Illini ended the regular season winning four out of five, but the loss may end its NCAA Tournament hopes and coach John Groce's tenure.


Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner speaks to reporters after greeting veteran and participating in "Breakfast to Veterans for Veterans Day" Friday, Nov. 11, 2016, in Springfield.
Seth Perlman/Associated Press
March 03, 2017

Rauner Barred From Immediately Imposing Contract Terms

An Illinois appellate court has temporarily barred Gov. Bruce Rauner from imposing his contract terms on the state's largest public employee union. The 4th District Court of Appeals sided with the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Council 31 on Friday.


Republican Mayoral candidate Rex Bradfield, during a March 2013 debate at the Champaign City Building.
Jeff Bossert/Illinois Public Media
March 03, 2017

Republican Urbana Mayoral Candidate Bradfield Voted In Democratic Primary

Urbana’s Republican candidate for mayor says he made an honest mistake when he cast a ballot in this week’s Democratic Mayoral primary. Rex Bradfield says he thought signing the form provided by election judges on Tuesday only confirmed his identity, and not that he was affiliated with the Democratic Party. "It never occurred to me that I was putting myself in a position of perjuring myself," he said.


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