Rep. La Shawn K. Ford (D-Chicago)
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January 16, 2018

‘A Lesson For How NOT To Do Bill-Making’

Last week, Gov. Bruce Rauner used his veto authority to make big changes to a small clean-up bill that’s necessary to enact school funding reform. Democrats who pushed the reform warned that Rauner’s action could derail the bipartisan effort to make school funding more equitable. As it turns out, they’re not the only ones upset about it.


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January 14, 2018

County Treasurer Responds To “Nasty Joe” Land Case In Urbana

​In 2017, residents of the Timberline Valley South subdivision in northwest Champaign subdivision were surprised to find out their common drainage ponds had been bought up at a tax auction by a Chicago-area firm that threatened them with trespassing. Now, the same firm, Nasty Joe’s LLC, has acquired land in Urbana, and is threatening residents there.


Legislators in the statehouse
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January 13, 2018

After Rauner Veto, Lawmakers Consider Next Steps On School Funding

Schools and lawmakers are considering next steps now that more than 170 school districts in Illinois stand to lose additional money that was promised to them under the state’s new school funding formula.The landmark law passed last year with the intent to even the economic playing field for public schools across the state by providing more state dollars to the neediest districts. 


A White House statement issued Thursday notably did not deny that President Trump used the vulgarity to refer to African countries, but Friday morning, Trump wrote: "This was not the language used" in a tweet.
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January 12, 2018

Trump Denies Using Vulgar Slur; Durbin Says He Said It

President Trump is denying reports, from NPR and other news outlets, that in a Thursday meeting at the White House, he disparaged African nations as "shithole countries" and questioned why the United States would admit immigrants from them and other nations, like Haiti.


Illinois Veterans Home in Quincy.
Illinois Dept. of Vetrans Affairs
January 10, 2018

McCann Calls On Rauner, Shah To Own Up To Legionnaires’ Crisis

Governor Bruce Rauner just ended a week-long stay at the Illinois Veteran’s Home in Quincy, the facility where 13 people have died from Legionnaires' Disease since 2015. Meanwhile, a downstate Republican lawmaker says the governor's response to the outbreak at the veteran's home has been inadequate.


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