Poll: 6-In-10 Disapprove Of Trump's Declaration Of A National Emergency

More than 6-in-10 Americans disapprove of President Trump's decision to declare a national emergency so he can build barriers along the U.S border with Mexico, a new NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist poll finds. Loading... Don't see the graphic above? Click here. Nearly 6-in-10 also don't believe there is an emergency at the southern border and that the president is misusing his presidential authority. They also believe that his decision should be challenged in court. "All things related to the...

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Perspective: My Orphan That Barks

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This week, we've turned our Perspectives segment over to Breja Fink's A.P. Language and Composition class at Beloit Memorial High School.  

I’ve always been a happy person, but it wasn’t until I got a puppy that I realized how l much happier I could be. I, along with millions of others, absolutely love dogs. My dog Earl is the absolute joy of my life. He is the goofiest, most playful, cutest dog on the planet (this is NOT an exaggeration), and I couldn’t imagine my life without him. 

Cheri Bustos

Despite being less than the president wanted, the bills to keep the federal government open will provide border security. That's according to Congresswoman Cheri Bustos from Moline and Illinois' 17th District.

She says the package of bills includes 1.3 billion dollars for about 55 miles of some sort of barrier along the Texas-Mexico border, but also hundreds of millions for port of entry inspections, new immigration judges, and aircraft and sensors to watch the border. 

A new dark money group in Illinois says it plans to shed some light on what it's doing by voluntarily disclosing the names of its donors.

Perspective: The Hidden Holocaust

Feb 18, 2019

This week, we've turned our Perspectives segment over to Breja Fink's A.P. Language and Composition class at Beloit Memorial High School.  

This year Beloit’s Kids Against Hunger campaign donated over 285,000 meals to families in Guatemala, and although inspiring, I found myself asking the question: why is a nation that was economically backed by the U.S. during the Cold War experiencing a 75% poverty rate in their capital city?  

Hundreds Attend Vigil For Aurora Shooting Victims

Feb 17, 2019
Guy Stephens / WNIJ

Hundreds of people braved a freezing rain in Aurora on Sunday to pray for the victims of Friday’s mass shooting at a manufacturing plant.

Next to crosses bearing the victims’ names, pastors from several faith groups offered prayers for them, their families and the community. The vigil was organized by the Aurora Prayer Coalition and was held outside the Henry Pratt Co., the site of the mass shooting. Many attendees joined in the prayers. They also hugged each other in a ceremony marked by sorrow, but also gratitude.

NIU Student, Alumnus Among Dead In Aurora

Feb 16, 2019
Guy Stephens

Northern Illinois University President Lisa Freeman notified staff through email that two of the people killed in a shooting at an Aurora industrial park have deep NIU connections.

NIU student Trevor Wehner was among those killed when Gary Martin opened fire at the Henry Pratt Co. Friday afternoon. According to the release, Friday was the first day of Wehner's internship at the company.

2014 alumnus Clay Parks was also killed Friday. Parks graduated from the school's College of Business and worked as a human resources manager at the company.

Illinois Lawmakers React To Shutdown Vote, Emergency Declaration

Feb 15, 2019
Jenna Dooley/IPR

Reaction is coming in from lawmakers representing all corners of the state as it pertains to the vote to avoid another government shutdown as well as President Trump's announcement Friday to declare a national emergency to fund a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border.

U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) Released Thursday afternoon

Daisy Contreras / NPR Illinois

The Illinois House approved a $15 minimum wage plan Thursday that now heads to the governor’s desk. But, some are still unhappy with the fast-track approach.

It isn’t the first time a minimum wage measure has passed out of the legislature—a similar plan was approved in 2017 but then-Gov. Bruce Rauner vetoed it. The difference this time? J.B. Pritzker—a Democrat—is governor. He campaigned on the issue and has indicated he’ll sign it as soon as next week.

Low-income earners can soon apply to waive their court costs in Illinois.


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Once a celebrated investigative reporter, the publisher of a small Alabama newspaper achieved notoriety this week by saying the Ku Klux Klan should "clean out D.C."

Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo says his department will stop serving "no knock" search warrants, weeks after a raid on a house left two married suspects dead and five officers injured. Acevedo also reiterated that the officer who led that raid may face criminal charges.

"The no-knock warrant's going to go away, kind of like leaded gasoline in our city," Acevedo said. He added that raids that stem from those warrants would only be used in very limited cases — and that they would not be used to nab people suspected of dealing small amounts of drugs.

The beleaguered USA Gymnastics has named a new President and CEO — its fourth in two years — as the sport's governing body battles criticism that it ignored and even enabled widespread sex abuse by former doctor Larry Nassar.

For years, Spain had avoided the rise of far-right populists, dodging a trend sweeping other parts of Europe.

But recently, that all changed.

President Trump is pushing forward to launch a space force as a new branch of the military – but it would at first be under the umbrella of the Air Force. The proposal requires an act of Congress.

This represents at least a temporary shift –Trump had stated that he wanted a space force that is "separate but equal" from the Air Force.

A space force is an often-repeated goal of the administration, announced by Trump last June as a sixth branch of the armed forces to ensure "American dominance in space."

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