Corn harvest in Illinois.
Bill Wheelhouse/NPR Illinois
January 24, 2018

State Of Trump: NAFTA Talks Worry Agriculture Community

Rural America was an important demographic in the last election cycle, helping Donald Trump advance to the White House over Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton. Even though Illinois was an electoral victory for Clinton, only twelve of Illinois’ 102 counties went blue, and more than half of those were located in Chicagoland. 

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Rainbow Flag.
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January 23, 2018

State Of Trump: Illinois Makes Headway With LGBTQ+ Policies

President Donald Trump’s administration has been in power for a year now. “State of Trump” is our series discussing what’s changed in the state, and what might be ahead. Brian Johnson is CEO of Equality Illinois, in the interview below he tells us about the organization's focus going forward, as well as the laws related to LGBTQ+ rights and protections that passed in 2017:

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Neil Calderon teaches U.S. history, government, and world history at Springfield Southeast High School.
Courtesy of Neil Calderon
January 23, 2018

State Of Trump: Teaching Current Events In 2018

President Donald Trump’s administration has been in power for a year now. “State of Trump” is our series discussing what’s changed in the state, and what might be ahead. Today we hear from high school government teacher Neil Calderon about how the Trump presidency has affected the way he teaches:

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The U.S. Capitol is seen as lawmakers worked to avert a government shutdown Friday in Washington, D.C.
Aaron P. Bernstein/Getty Images
January 20, 2018

Government Shuts Down As Congress Fails To Pass Funding Measure

The federal government may be in a partial shutdown, but the gears of a political blame game kept rolling Saturday morning. President Trump was tweeting at dawn, blaming Democrats for the lapse in government funding as the Senate failed to advance a four-week extension overnight.

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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.

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