Governor Pritzker

AP

January 10, 2019

Legislation Session Preview; Fake News; Children Coping With Disasters

Today on the 21st: Yesterday, your representatives convened in Springfield to take their oaths of office. And on Monday, Governor Pritzker will take a similar oath. But what will they do as your elected officials? And what are different stakeholders in the process thinking? We speak with Illinois Public Radio statehouse reporter Brian Mackey and WTTW Politics reporter Amanda Vinicky. Plus, a new study finds that fake news is shared most by older Americans. We speak with someone very interested in this topic, journalism professor Nikki Usher. Also, an Illinois researcher shares how her work with natural disasters, like Hurricane Maria, is now being used to help children overcome other trauma.


Gov.-elect J.B. Pritzker.

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January 10, 2019

Illinois Issues: The Pritzker Agenda

Gov.-elect J.B. Pritzker takes office next week on the heels of the most decisive election victory in a generation. And he’ll be working to pass his agenda through the biggest Democratic majorities in the General Assembly since the 1960s.


The Illinois General Assembly began a new legislative session Wednesday—with both new and familiar faces.

NPR Illinois

January 10, 2019

New Illinois General Assembly Sworn In, Leaders Remain The Same

The Illinois General Assembly began a new legislative session Wednesday—with both new and familiar faces. Though the legislative leaders remain the same, making what was old “new” again,  Democrats have expanded their veto-proof majority, known as a “supermajority."


AP/J. Scott Applewhite

January 09, 2019

Sen. Duckworth; New Dental Health Law; Mindfulness & Childbirth; R. Kelly Criminal Investigation

On The 21st: Sen. Tammy Duckworth joined us to talk about the latest in politics, including the government shutdown. Also, a new law signed last month is focused on advancing dental healthcare in rural areas. How might communities here in Illinois benefit? Plus, early research shows there are benefits for women who use mindfulness techniques to turn toward the experience of childbirth, rather than run away from it. And, prosecutors in Chicago and Atlanta are investigating singer R. Kelly after the documentary, 'Surviving R. Kelly' aired on Lifetime last week.


President Trump speaks to the nation in his first-prime address from the Oval Office of the White House on Tuesday.

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January 09, 2019

FACT CHECK: Trump’s Oval Office Pitch For A Border Wall

President Trump used his first prime-time address from the Oval Office to make the case for his controversial border wall. The president's demand for $5.7 billion in wall funding — and Democrats' opposition — has led to a partial shutdown of the federal government.


Illustration of President Donald Trump

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January 08, 2019

WATCH: Trump, Democrats Address Border Security Tuesday Night

President Trump is addressing the nation about border security Tuesday night. Democratic leaders Nancy Pelosi and Charles Schumer will give a joint response immediately following. The government is partially shut down, with Trump in a stalemate with Democrats over funding for a wall along the southern border. Watch the remarks live.


Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan.

John O'Connor/AP

January 08, 2019

Madigan, Rauner Tout Accomplishments, ‘Epic Struggle’ Over Budget

The Illinois House wrapped up its two-year session Tuesday with legislation to help the incoming governor, with House Speaker Michael Madigan praising lawmakers for persevering in an "epic struggle" over state spending with outgoing Gov. Bruce Rauner. Meanwhile, Rauner previewed a report to lawmakers that showcased his administration's accomplishments.


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