Illinois Senate chamber.

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News Local/State - June 21, 2017

Little Visible Progress On First Day Of Special Budget Session

Illinois lawmakers met briefly on the first day of their special session to work on a state budget, quickly adjourning so that Democrats and Republicans could meet behind closed doors to strategize. 

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The 21st Show - June 21, 2017

Illinois Summer Food Programs; Former Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey

On the 21st: One in 5 children in Illinois are from families who worry about where they’ll get their next meal. What’s being done to get healthy meals to kids in Illinois this summer? Also, we revisit our conversation with former poet laureate Natasha Trethewey about how poetry can help Americans better understand each other. 

Former Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson

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News Local/State - June 21, 2017

Security Of State Election Systems The Focus Of Dueling Capitol Hill Hearings

If two nearly simultaneous hearings Wednesday by the House and Senate Intelligence Committees into Russia's meddling in last year's presidential election revealed anything, it's that U.S. officials saw what was going on but were all but powerless to stop it.

In his prepared remarks, former Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said the Russian government, "at the direction of Vladimir Putin himself, orchestrated cyberattacks on our Nation for the purpose of influencing our election — plain and simple."

A map showing required hourly wage to afford the average two-bedroom house rental.

Housing Action Illinois

News Local/State - June 21, 2017

Study Finds Rent Unaffordable For Low Income Workers

A new study finds minimum wage fails to pay the rent in Illinois. Rental housing costs vary across the state, but there is no place where it's affordable to someone earning minimum wage.

Gov. Bruce Rauner approaches a lectern Tuesday at the Old State Capitol Historic Site.

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News Local/State - June 21, 2017

Rauner Seeks Image Of Compromise, But Budget Ultimatums Remain

Gov. Bruce Rauner is attempting to frame the debate heading into Wednesday's special session of the Illinois General Assembly. Rauner delivered a video message last night from the Old State Capitol Historic Site.

Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner

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News Local/State - June 20, 2017

Rauner Calls For Budget Unity, Democrats Cry Foul

Gov. Bruce Rauner is urging lawmakers to end the "unnecessary" budget crisis that's gripped Illinois for two years.  

The first-term Republican delivered brief comments from the Old State Capitol Tuesday, the evening before legislators were set to begin a special session on the budget. 

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