The Illinois Farm Bureau in Bloomington, Ill.
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February 21, 2017

Illinois Agricultural Economy; Mexican Social Club

On the 21st: With commodity prices low for corn, wheat, cattle and hogs, how are Illinois farmers faring? We checked in with farmers in various industries and also spoke with a member of the Cuitzillo social club in East Aurora to hear her thoughts on the first few weeks of President Trump in the White House.


President Trump addressed a variety of topics Thursday during a news conference announcing Alexander Acosta as the new labor secretary nominee in the East Room at the White House in Washington, D.C.
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February 16, 2017

Trump’s Thursday News Conference, Annotated

President Trump began his press conference Thursday afternoon naming his new nominee for labor secretary, R. Alexander Acosta. He also announced his decision to issue a new executive action while his travel ban is held up in court. Journalists across NPR have annotated his remarks.


sick child
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February 08, 2017

Sick Kids & School; Conversations On Race; Bat Robot; Obama Day

On the 21st: We explored how to decide when to keep a sick child home - and when to send them to school. We also talked to two Carbondale residents about the role conversations about race play in this political climate. Plus, we learned about a robot that flies like a bat and discussed the proposals to establish August 4 as Obama Day in Illinois.


University of Illinois Law professor Francis Boyle argues the case for Urbana's "sanctuary" status before the Urbana City Council on Dec. 19, 2016.
Jeff Bossert/Illinois Public Media
February 05, 2017

Lawmakers Consider Expanding Illinois Immigrant Protections

Illinois legislators are hoping to boost immigrant protections in response to President Donald Trump's executive orders, a move advocates say would essentially give the state "sanctuary" status. One proposal says schools, medical facilities and places of worship could bar access to federal immigration authorities or law enforcement working on their behalf.  A second proposal would limit cooperation between police and immigration authorities.


People opposed to President Donald Trump's executive order barring entry to the U.S. by Muslims from certain countries demonstrate at the Tom Bradley International Terminal at Los Angeles International Airport Saturday, Jan. 28, 2017
Reed Saxon/Associated Press
January 28, 2017

Federal Judge Stays Deportations, Blocking Part Of Trump’s Immigration Order

Federal Judge Judge Ann Donnelly in Brooklyn, N.Y. granted a request by the American Civil Liberties Union and issued a stay late Saturday on the deportations of refugees and valid visa holders after they have landed at a U.S. airport. The ruling by Donnelly temporarily blocks President Donald Trump's executive order on immigration signed Friday.


Participants in Saturday's Women's March in downtown Champaign make their way down Park Avenue.
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January 21, 2017

An Estimated 5,000 Attend Women’s March In Downtown Champaign

On a day that has seen huge crowds in cities across the country, the Champaign County Young Democrats brought out an estimated 5,000 people to protest Friday's inauguration of President Donald Trump. Following a series of speeches in Westside Park Saturday, the group made its way through downtown Champaign. The event was touted as an official sister march to the national Women's March on Washington.


Former Champaign Police Officer Matt Rush, the subject of Tuesday's separation agreement with the city.
Champaign Police
January 17, 2017

Champaign Permanently Terminates Officer Matt Rush

The city of Champaign has permanently terminated police officer Matt Rush after two-and-a-half years of appeals and litigation. City Manager Dorothy David announced the $50,000 separation agreement with the Fraternal Order of Police at the conclusion of Tuesday's Champaign City Council meeting. Rush was twice fired by the city, and was the subject of multiple excessive force lawsuits, costing the city more than $300,000 in settlements.


Martin Luther King, Jr.
Public Domain
January 16, 2017

Remembering Martin Luther King, Jr.

On the 21st: We talk about what it looks like to carry on Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s legacy, with a pastor in Champaign who was involved in the civil rights movement in Illinois during the 1950s and 1960s. We also speak with the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum to learn about the connection between Dr. King and President Abraham Lincoln. 


U of I Professor Chris Benson delivered the keynote address at the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration and Awards event Friday at Parkland College.
Jeff Bossert/Illinois Public Media
January 16, 2017

U Of I Prof. Benson At King Celebration: ‘Find Your Super Power’

More than 50 years after Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech, University of Illinois associate professor Chris Benson says the US is again facing the “mountain of despair” the civil rights leader once spoke of. The professor of Journalism and African-American Studies delivered the keynote address Friday at the Champaign Countywide King Celebration and Awards event at Parkland College, encouraging the audience of more than 150 to ''find their super power." 


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