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The head of a national group meant to help elect Democratic governors around the country says he expects President Trump to be a big factor for Illinois voters next year.

Jesse Ruiz Enters the Fold for Attorney General

Oct 18, 2017

Chicago Park District President Jesse Ruiz announced he’s running for Illinois Attorney General Wednesday.

DACA Supporters Rally At U of I in Champaign-Urbana

Sep 7, 2017
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University of Illinois students, faculty and staff rallied on the Urbana campus Wednesday in defense of DACA, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. 

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CHICAGO (AP) - Gov. Bruce Rauner says children shouldn't be left in limbo, but addressing issues raised by ending a program aimed at protecting young immigrants from deportation is up to Congress. 

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President Donald Trump is not the only elected official being criticized for his initial response to the violence in Charlottesville, Va. over the weekend.

Chicago has asked a federal judge to halt President Donald Trump's policy of withholding public safety grants from so-called sanctuary cities.
 
The request was filed late Thursday as part of Chicago's lawsuit challenging the policy, which targets cities that don't fully cooperate with stricter enforcement of U.S. immigration law.
 
A preliminary injunction, if granted, could freeze the safety-grants policy at least until the litigation plays out.
 

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - A Medal of Honor recipient will give the keynote speech at this year's Illinois State Fair Veterans and Gold Star Family Day.

An Illinois congressman says he plans to introduce legislation to name a post office after a U.S. Navy SEAL from Illinois who was killed in Yemen.

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WASHINGTON (AP) - A Democratic congressman from Illinois has introduced a bill named for President Donald Trump's infamous "covfefe" tweet with the goal of ensuring presidential social media posts are archived.

An 88-year-old Illinois election judge has pleaded guilty to casting a vote as her late husband.

Members of the Illinois House passed legislation today that would require state agencies to buy American products, even if they’re not the cheapest.

Democratic Representative Jay Hoffman of Swansea is sponsoring the proposal. He says it aligns with President Donald Trump’s focus on American manufacturing.

“I could just reference your president’s executive order regarding ‘Buy American.’ This is saying our state taxpayer dollars should put our people to work and we should use the buying power of our state to create jobs and economic opportunity.”

Illinois Issues: LGBT In The Time Of Trump

Apr 17, 2017

As rapid-fire change comes at the federal level, advocates want  to keep Illinois' status as one of the leading states in offering protections.

Alex McCray didn’t want to believe Donald Trump had won the election. In the words of the transgender nursing student from downstate Sherman: “I was hoping it was all just one terrible nightmare. It felt like my rights were being ripped out right from underneath me.”

Advocates to Undocumented Immigrants: 'Know Your Rights'

Mar 23, 2017
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President Donald Trump’s order to deport immigrants living in the US illegally left many undocumented people and their families feeling unsettled.

'No Ban, No Wall' Protest Takes Aim at Rep. LaHood

Feb 3, 2017

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Another protest is slated to take place at the Federal Courthouse in downtown Peoria in response to the president’s executive order that bans certain immigrants and refugees.

The “No Ban, No Wall” protest Friday is directed specifically at Peoria Congressman Darin LaHood.

Illinois U-S Senator Dick Durbin today voted against President Donald Trump's pick for Attorney General. Brian Mackey reports.

Durbin, like many Democrats, is critical of Attorney General nominee Jeff Sessions on a variety of topics, from whether he'd thoroughly investigate Russian interference in last year's election to his past support of restrictive voting laws.

Bradley University joins a chorus of American colleges and universities to end the executive order that suspended the entry of refugees, immigrants and citizens from seven Muslim-majority countries.

For elected officials in Illinois, attending Donald Trump's inauguration Friday is a political event. And their presence or absence is a political statement.

Several congressmen who represent parts of Chicago are skipping the Inauguration, but their reasons vary.

U.S. Rep. Luis Gutierrez gave a whole list of reasons in a speech on the House floor for boycotting -- from Trump’s comments on sexually assaulting women to blaming the outcome of a court case on the Mexican heritage of a federal judge.

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Organizers say about 50,000 people are expected to attend a women's march in Chicago the day after Donald Trump's inauguration.  The Women's March on Chicago is scheduled to begin with a rally in Grant Park at 10 a.m. on Saturday. The march through downtown is set for 11:30 a.m.

President Barack Obama is leaving office without granting early prison release to former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich.  Obama released a list of his final acts of clemency today and the list didn't include Blagojevich. 

Rauner Hopeful for Federal Infrastructure Money

Jan 17, 2017
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Governor Bruce Rauner is hopeful Illinois will receive money for transportation from Donald Trump’s administration.

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Along with the presidential inauguration, another big event is planned in Washington this week. It's called the Women's March and Illinois will be represented.  The rally is set for Saturday, the day after Donald Trump is sworn in as president.  

The Justice Department and the city of Chicago have signed a joint statement in which the nation's third largest city commits to police reforms under a court-enforced agreement, called a consent decree.  The document, along with the findings of a yearlong Justice Department civil rights investigation of the police force,was released Friday. 

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CHICAGO (AP) - Republican Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner says he won't be in Washington later this month for GOP President-elect Donald Trump's inauguration.

The Rev. Jesse Jackson met with Gov. Bruce Rauner to discuss violence and other issues in Illinois cities.  Jackson says he asked for the sit-down in Chicago because it's a new political season with President-elect Donald Trump set to take office. 

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President-elect Donald Trump isn't the first to broach the idea of the federal government stepping in to help stem deadly violence in Chicago. But what more it can do isn't at all clear.

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Congressman LaHood’s office is scrambling to secure extra tickets to the upcoming presidential inauguration.

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CHICAGO (AP) - Vice President-elect Mike Pence is scheduled to be in Chicago to raise money for the Republican National Committee. 

CHICAGO (AP) - One of the last options former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich has of early release from prison rests on a pending decision with the man whose Senate seat Blagojevich was convicted of trying to sell, President Barack Obama.

The Department of Justice confirms the 60-year-old Blagojevich submitted a request to have his 14-year prison sentence for corruption commuted. His convictions include counts for seeking to exchange an appointment to Obama's old Senate seat for campaign cash.

 If Obama does not decide on Blagojevich's request by his last day in office, it carries over to President-elect Donald Trump. Blagojevich once appeared on Trump's "Celebrity Apprentice."

An Illinois group is warning that if Obamacare is repealed without a replacement, there could be significant human and financial consequences.

President-elect Donald Trump and Congressional Republicans made repealing the Affordable Care Act a key plank in their campaigns.

That could be expensive, says Illinois Hospital Association president A-J Wilhelmi.

Illinois was not among the states where there was a concern about so-called "faithless electors."

They met in the state Capitol building ... mostly Democratic Party stalwarts — like Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle, former Chicago mayoral candidate Jesús "Chuy" Garcia, and House Majority Leader Barbara Flynn Currie.

In other words, the outcome was in no way a surprise.

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