Seth Perlman/AP
August 16, 2017

Gov. Rauner Says TRUST Act Is Currently ‘Under Review’

In a change from a commitment Gov. Bruce Rauner had previously made to immigrant rights groups, the Illinois TRUST Act, a bill that would limit the ways local police help federal authorities enforce immigration law, is currently “under review.”

Democratic State Sen. Daniel Biss talks with Niala Boodhoo about how his family survived the Holocaust - and why the rise of white supremacists is compelling him to share his family's story.
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August 16, 2017

Illinois Reacts To Charlottesville Violence & Trump’s Response; State Fair Auction

On the 21st: The weekend events of Charlottesville continue to reverberate with President Trump’s insistence that yesterday that the violence was caused by “both sides.” Today, we talked with different people in Illinois about how they’re processing this. Plus, Illinois Treasurer Michael Frerichs the live auction taking place at the state fair this weekend.

naturalization ceremony
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August 15, 2017

Illinois TRUST Act Aims To Protect Immigrants; Co-Working Spaces With Flexible Childcare

On the 21st: Immigration rights activists in Illinois are waiting for Governor Bruce Rauner to sign a bill that limits the ways local police enforce immigration laws. Plus, despite the rise of co-working spaces across the country, there aren’t a lot of  options for parents with young children. We learn about a new co-working space with flexible childcare that's coming to central Illinois and discuss the challenges entrepreneurs face when it comes to balancing careers and kids.

Several small cities in southern Illinois are preparing for visitors to come and see a total solar eclipse on Aug. 21. This will be the first in the mainland U.S. in almost four decades.
AP File Photo
August 14, 2017

Preparing For Eclipse; Senate Bill 1 Override; Donors Help Flooded Libraries; Video Game Art Gallery

On the 21st: The Senate took a big step toward passing a major school funding bill by overriding Governor Rauner’s veto, and the House will vote this Wednesday. When can public schools across the state expect to get the money they are owed? Plus — there’s only one more week until the total solar eclipse. We’ll tell you what you need to know to get ready for this once-in-a-lifetime chance.

State Senator Andy Manar speaks at the podium at Urbana High School alongside Urbana School District Superintendent. Don Owen and State Senator Scott Bennett.
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August 11, 2017

State Senator Andy Manar on SB1; Bed Bugs In Central Illinois; State Fair Eating Competitions

On the 21st: Illinois missed its first payment to K-12 schools yesterday because Democrats and Republicans can't agree on how to divide up that money. State Senator Andy Manar, the chief architect of the school funding bill SB1, weighs in on what comes next. Plus, we learn what's being done to address bedbug problems in central Illinois, and discuss a new eating competition at the state fair. 

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