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.
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.
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.
Democrat Laurel Prussing is seeking a fourth term as mayor of Urbana. But before the municipal election in April, Prussing faces two challengers in the Democratic primary on February 28th, alderwoman Diane Marlin, and Evelyn Burnett Underwood.
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."
On the 21st: We spoke with a librarian about books that can make you smarter about the information you’re consuming. We also learned about the scientific secret to the recent successes of the Illinois Institute of Technology basketball team, and got the latest in Illinois politics with reporters from across the state.
The Illinois House is set to return to Springfield this week. Policymakers are still puzzling through last week's budget proposal by Governor Bruce Rauner. That’s partly because the Rauner administration made a significant break with tradition.