At a ceremony Monday at the White House, President Trump defended his racist tweets against Democratic lawmakers. The language used in that tweet has a long history connected with nativist political movements in the U.S.

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July 16, 2019 - News Local/State

‘Go Back Where You Came From’: The Long Rhetorical Roots Of Trump’s Racist Tweets

When President Trump tweeted his racist remarks Sunday, asking why certain Democratic congresswomen don't just "go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came," he did not just take aim at the four young women of color — three of whom were actually born in the U.S.


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July 16, 2019 - News Local/State

Why This Group Hands Out Free ‘Morning After’ Pills

Rows of silver and pink plastic packages sit on the bathroom counter inside Bean, a Louisville coffee shop. Each package carries these words: emergency contraception. The medication? It’s called Preventeza, from the company that also makes Vagisil. It was on the market for less than a year and didn’t do well – pills worth $2 million were sent to advocacy groups in Kentucky, Indiana and other states. 

Federal Building & U.S. Courthouse in Peoria.

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July 15, 2019 - News Local/State

Christensen’s Mother, Sister & Jailers Testify In His Defense

Brendt Christensen’s mother and sister say they still love him, even after learning he kidnapped and murdered U of I visiting scholar Yingying Zhang in 2017. Both family members testified Monday in the sentencing phase of Christensen’s federal trial in Peoria.

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July 15, 2019 - The 21st Show

Cows On Parade Art Back in Chicago; Illinois Gerrymandering; ICE Facial Recognition; Divorced Women Name-Change Law

Two decades ago, hundreds of life-sized cow sculptures in Chicago ignited a worldwide interest in public art. Now, more than a dozen are back in the city for the month of July. Plus, Illinois Democrats have drawn our state’s election maps for years, and they’ll probably get another chance after the 2020 census. And, federal immigration authorities tried to access Illinois driver’s license photos. We’ll hear from the Illinois Secretary of State’s office about why they said "no" to that request. Also, divorced women could more easily revert back to their maiden name with a new Illinois law. 

Asian carp jumping from the Illinois River near Havana Illinois.

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July 12, 2019 - News Local/State

Illinois Mulling Options To Deal With Asian Carp At Lake Decatur Dam

The Illinois Department of Natural Resources is considering options to deal with thousands of invasive Asian carp that are clustering near the base of the Lake Decatur dam. But a DNR official says there are safeguards in place to keep them from getting over the dam.

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