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.
Carolyn Kaster/AP
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.


Governor Bruce Rauner and House speaker Michael Madigan
Brian Mackey/NPR Illinois
December 26, 2017

Illinois Issues: Stories Of The Year

Illinois lawmakers ended the state budget impasse and made big changes to how the state pays for public schools. The state also wrestled with the debate over abortion and a nationwide rise in hate incidents.


Inside Out Project workers paste photos to the exterior wall of the University of Illinois.
Jim Meadows/Illinois Public Media
October 25, 2017

Inside Out Project Invites Public To Be Photographed For A Cause

The front wall of the University YMCA building, adjacent to the University of Illinois campus in Champaign was plastered with photographs Wednesday. The 3-foot-by-5-foot poster-size portraits were made in a mobile photo-booth, featuring people passing by who wanted to show their support for the DREAM Act, a bill in Congress to help young people who are in the country illegally. .


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