Bernie Sanders

Austin Hansen, Ross Beach

Student debt forgiveness has quickly risen from the fringes and become one of the most widely discussed topics going into the 2020 election.

 

Right now over 44 million Americans have student loans worth about $1.5 trillion

 

Many of the Democratic candidates for president have begun floating their plans to forgive some student loans or eliminate them entirely. 

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John Perryman is a pediatrician with Mercyhealth in Roscoe. He sees patients struggling to afford medications. Some families, he says, disappear for stretches of time when they fall off an insurance plan. On this week's Friday Forum, Jenna Dooley talks with Perryman about his view as well as from a major opponent of the idea.

 

Illinois Speaker Michael Madigan: A DNC Interview

Aug 1, 2016

As Chairman of the Democratic Party of Illinois, House Speaker Michael Madigan ran the show for Illinois’ delegation at the Democratic National Convention last week.  As events would down, he took some time to sit down with Illinois Public Radio Statehouse Bureau Chief Amanda Vinicky and WBBM's Craig Dellimore.

They touch on everything from term limits and Donald Trump, to the state budget and November election.

On Bernie Sanders: "I  think that Bernie Sanders and the Sanders campaign have a done a great serviced for the Democratic Party in America.”

Amanda Vinicky

 Hillary Clinton officially became Democrats’ nominee Tuesday night at the party’s national convention in Philadelphia.

 

State delegations to the convention took turns casting their votes.

When  it was Illinois' turn, party chairman Michael Madigan got things started by introducing the with a nod to its Democratic heavyweights, like President Barack Obama. Then Madigan passed off the microphone to Bernie Sanders’ state director Clem Balanoff.

Amanda Vinicky

Illinois’ delegates to the Democratic National Convention are in Philadelphia, where they’re set to nominate Hillary Clinton for President.

Philadelphia made efforts to make good on its “City of Brothery Love” appellation: Greeters waited near the baggage claim, to welcome convention guests, with miniature colonial-era American flags and packages soft pretzels made in Philly.

Philadelphia, of course, the birthplace of the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution.

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Bernie Sanders will bring his Democratic presidential campaign to Chicago Thursday. He's scheduled to hold a rally at Chicago State University at 6:00 p.m.

Chicago State is eliminating spring break to ensure students finish the semester. The school may be forced to close because of dire finances. Chicago State and other schools haven't received state money for months because of the budget stalemate.

Bernie Sanders: Chicago Mayor's Support Not Needed

Dec 24, 2015
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On the campaign trail in Chicago yesterday, Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders says he’s OK with the city’s mayor not supporting him.

In his first stop in the Mexican neighborhood of Little Village, Sanders spoke about his immigration policy in which he opposed breaking up families due to deportation.

On the near west side, he told a group of African-Americans that more money should be invested in education.

At both stops, he was greeted by Cook County Commissioner Jesus Chuy Garcia.

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Critics say Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders is too liberal, but he's gaining in polls against presumed Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton. 

On Monday, he took his campaign to Illinois.

In 1964, Sanders graduated from the University of Chicago in a ceremony at the on-campus Rockefeller chapel.

Now as a U.S. Senator from Vermont, Sanders returned to students packing the pews to hear him speak.

Wisconsin Public Radio

  Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders says 9,500 people plan to attend his rally tonight in Madison, Wis.

The Vermont senator says he will draw on the state's long progressive political history during the event. Sanders says he believes the progressive movement that existed for years in Wisconsin is now spreading throughout the country.