CIA Headquarters
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December 10, 2016

CIA Concludes Russian Interference Aimed To Elect Trump

Updated at 1:49 p.m. ET with confirmation from the U.S. official and comments from Sen. Ron Wyden

The CIA has concluded that Russia intervened in the 2016 election specifically to help Donald Trump win the presidency, a U.S. official has confirmed to NPR.

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Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner at a Veteran's Day event in Springfield.
Seth Perlman/AP
November 12, 2016

Rauner 'Excited' Over Budget Possibilities, Glad Election Is Over

Gov. Bruce Rauner says he hopes lawmakers get to work on trying to end an epic budget impasse when they return to Springfield for a brief session next week.

Rauner said he wants to meet with legislative leaders Monday to discuss how to proceed, but Democratic House Speaker Michael Madigan hasn't responded.

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Foellinger Auditorium on the main quad of the U of I's Urbana campus.
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November 10, 2016

U of I Students Report Threats, Harassment After Election

A University of Illinois professor says students of color on the Urbana campus have reported being threatened and harassed after the presidential election.

Latino/Latina Studies Professor Julie Dowling says she's heard students describe seeing a knife flashed at a Muslim student and other cases of harassment.

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Tom Barnes once served as the mayor of Gary, Indiana. He says Gary did more for Donald Trump than his casino did for the city.
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April 30, 2016

Former Gary Mayor Remembers When Trump Came To Town

Earlier this week, Trump received the endorsement of former Indiana University basketball coach Bobby Knight -- one of the state’s most famous Hoosiers. But, Trump lost out on another prominent endorsement Friday when Indiana Gov. Mike Pence announced he’s throwing his support behind Texas Senator Ted Cruz. 

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John Shimkus
November 04, 2014

John Shimkus Re-Elected To 15th Congressional District

15th District Congressman John Shimkus (R-Collinsville), has been re-elected to the U.S. House, easily defeating challenger Eric Thorsland of Mahomet.

Now that he’s returning for a 10th term, The Collinsville Republican said he has hopes for an omnibus spending bill, as well as working on a long-term highway funding measure.

Shimkus also remains optimistic about the chances for GOP control of the US Senate.

"If Republicans take control of the Senate, Leader (Sen. Mitch) McConnell will changes the rules back," he said.  "I think there's a lot of Democrats that would like to have a chance to offer amendements.  They need to pass their bills, and then we can go to conference.  So a lot of this will be on the backs of the Senate, which has been pretty dysfunctional.  I don't think anyone would deny that's been the fact.  If they can move bills and they can get through their chamber, then we conference and we can put things on the president's desk."

Shimkus has been criticized by Thorsland as being a bit complacent after 17th years in the House, but Shimkus said his voting record speaks for itself.

Bruce Rauner
(Seth Perlman/AP)
July 22, 2014

Bruce Rauner Unveils Plans To Lower Income Tax

Republican candidate for Illinois governor Bruce Rauner says he’s willing to negotiate with lawmakers on lowering the income tax rate. 

Rauner recently released several new tax proposals, including raising sales taxes on services like janitors and travel agents.

He also has said he wants to gradually decrease the personal income tax. But he hasn’t said just how quickly he’d like to see that rate drop.  Rauner gave a few more details Monday.

"Here’s what my commitment is," he said. "We need to roll the income tax back from 5 percent back to 3 percent where it started within a four-year period. And I think 3.75 is a good place to step to next, but we’ll work out those details with the General Assembly."

Democratic incumbent Pat Quinn has advocated for keeping the income tax rate where it is - at 5 percent. His campaign said Rauner’s proposal would result in billions of dollars in cuts. They say a lot of the state’s budget must go to certain things. So most cuts Rauner would need to make would hit education and social services.   

Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn, left, and his Republican rival, Bruce Rauner, shake hands after they appeared together for the first time before the 2014 general election, during the annual meeting of the Illinois Education Association Friday, April 11, 201
(M. Spencer Green/AP)
July 07, 2014

Voters In Bad Mood Shaping Gov's Race

The people of Illinois are feeling particularly gloomy about their state, with its high unemployment, billions of dollars in debt and decades-long battles against corruption.  

The bad mood surfaces in public-opinion polls that startle even the pollsters. And now it's shaping one of the nation's most competitive governor's races.  

The race pits Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn against businessman Bruce Rauner, an untested multimillionaire. The contest boils down to the incumbent's insistence that it's not as bad as it used to be versus the challenger's exhortations to throw the bums out and start over.  

One survey showed that more people want to leave Illinois than anywhere else in the U.S. The cynicism among voters was also evident in the March primary election, which had the lowest turnout on record. 

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