Illinois Senate leaders plan to vote on a compromise budget deal next week. Democratic Senate President John Cullerton of Chicago and Minority Leader Christine Radogno of Lemont told the Chicago Tribune editorial board that they will put the proposal to a floor vote Wednesday. It would raise income taxes, borrow to pay off overdue bills, expand casino gambling, and freeze local property taxes.
On the next 21st: We begin our week-long series about the impact the Trump administration will have on our state's economy, starting with a look at trade and agriculture. Plus, baseball Fans will soon be able to stream games live on their phones.
Reporters from the NPR Politics team will be analyzing Donald Trump's Inauguration speech as it happens, and adding footnotes to go with the transcript. Look for updates from the time the speech starts, until about an hour after its conclusion.
Follow our live coverage for news of the day, photos and videos from the National Mall, and for analysis on what the day's events mean for the world. Donald Trump will be sworn in as the 45th President of the United States.
For elected officials in Illinois - attending Donald Trump's Inauguration Friday is a political event. And their presence or absence is a political statement. Several congressmen who represent parts of Chicago are skipping the events. But their reasons vary depending on who you talk to.