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.

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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

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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.


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