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Illinois U.S. Senator Dick Durbin says he thinks the impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump should go forward. He said he joined his colleagues several weeks ago to say it was necessary.  

“I didn’t jump at this as a possibility," Durbin said.  "I waited until the evidence started to mount, and I believe, based on the documents released by the president, declassified by the president, and the whistleblower’s complaint, I believe the impeachment inquiry should go under way."

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Questions of precedent come forth as the U.S. House of Representatives conducts an impeachment investigation into President Donald Trump.

One concern among supporters of impeachment is that the U.S. Senate could halt further action if the House votes in favor of impeachment. Aurora University Assistant Professor Matthew Dabros says chamber rules require the Senate to take action, but members could vote to dismiss the charges.

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The Illinois Senate is urging Gov. Bruce Rauner to reject a presidential call to send National Guard troops to help secure the U.S.-Mexican border.

The Democratic-controlled Senate voted 33-22 Thursday to adopt a resolution urging the GOP governor not to comply if President Donald Trump makes a request.

Student Groups Rally For End To 'Legality Debate'

Apr 9, 2018
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Passion was overflowing at Northern Illinois University’s fifth annual “Coming Out of the Shadows” rally. The event organized by Dream Action NIU aims to push back against rhetoric that tries to dehumanize undocumented immigrants:

  

Organizers say about 200 people showed up for "Coming Out of the Shadows" in NIU’s Carl Sandburg Auditorium. The rally kicked off with music, and even some salsa dancing.

During a visit Monday to a manufacturing plant in Champaign, U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis says he was satisfied with President Trump’s original comments about the race-fueled violence that occurred Saturday in Charlottesville, Va.

However, the Taylorville Republican said he recognized that “many wanted him to clarify those remarks even more,” and that he was glad the president did so -- specifically condemning the Ku Klux Klan, neo-Nazis and white supremacists. 

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Several Illinois communities, including Geneva, held vigils Monday night in response to protests in Charlottesville, Va., becoming violent.

About 80 people sang and shared poems at the Geneva vigil organized by resident Jeannie Scown. She says she organized the event because she’s had enough of white nationalist-, neo-Nazi- and Ku Klux Klan-affiliated people being part of President Donald Trump’s cabinet and presidency, even though he’s denied any ties himself.