Senator Tammy Duckworth
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August 23, 2017

Sen. Duckworth On Afghanistan; Rauner’s Response To IPI Cartoon; Religion In Public Schools

On the 21st: We talk with U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth about President Trump's plans for the war in Afghanistan and his other recent speeches. Plus, we discuss the controversy surrounding the Illinois Policy Institute cartoon that many politicians have denounced as racist, and we talk with two Illinois teachers who think our current political climate means it’s even more important for students to study religion in public schools.


In this July 5, 2017 file photo, Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner speaks during a news conference in Chicago.
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August 23, 2017

Rauner Offers Conflicting Statements On Political Cartoon

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner offered conflicting statements Tuesday on a political cartoon critics have called racist, first saying he didn't have anything to add to the discussion "as a white male" before walking it back hours later.


Members of Illinois House of Representatives stand in support of Rep. Jaime Andrade's denunciation of a political cartoon using racial stereotypes to make a point about school funding.
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August 17, 2017

School Funding, Cartoon — No Laughing Matter

The entire Illinois House of Representatives stood in unison yesterday to show they didn't like the way CPS was depicted in a political cartoon. Published by the conservative Illinois Policy Institute, this cartoon showed a black child holds a sign begging for school funding.


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.


Urbana attorney Erika Harold has announced a bid for the Republican nomination for Illinois Attorney General.
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August 15, 2017

Harold Announces Bid For Illinois Attorney General

Urbana attorney Erika Harold is running for Illinois Attorney General. Harold announced this morning that she will seek the Republican nomination to run against the four-term incumbent, Democrat Lisa Madigan.


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