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100 Expressions: David Brodsky

Jun 5, 2017

David Brodsky, Springfield

Title: "Premonition"

Medium: Photography

Richard Taylor

Title: "Harmony"

Medium: Oil on canvas

Narrative: A portrait of Donald Trump screaming in harmony with faces in flame. A reminder of the pain our society is feeling in harmony with presidential decree.

Patricia Myers, Springfield

Title: Big Hands

Medium: Acrylic

Narrative: It’s not so much a slight on a particular president’s hand size, but the standard by which we should go by. Unfortunately, President Trump and his administration don’t appear to have any standards at all.

James Hawker, Springfield

Title: "Untitled-1"

Medium: Photograph

Narrative: I am a photographer out working every day. These two are from what I have noticed so far. -J.H.

James Hawker, Springfield

Title: "Untitled-2"

Medium: Photography

100 Expressions: Erik Welch

Jun 5, 2017

Erik Welch, Springfield

Title: "Inter Sections"

Narrative: When change comes, we often resist, unsure how it will affect us. Instead of seeing this as shattering, these lines, drawn over many hours and days are meant to show depth and beauty. Sometimes we don’t know how things will turn at the beginning, but often there are clues if we look for the shape between the lines.

Erik Welch, Springfield

Title: "The Crash Course"

100 Expressions: Thom Whalen

May 24, 2017

Thom Whalen, Chatham

Title: 4 Legs are Better-Keystone

Medium: Oil

Narrative: “4 Legs are Better-Keystone” reiterates the Animal Farm story by George Orwell. The trial of tears launched by Andrew Jackson relocated native Americans to the region of Oklahoma in 1839. Stereotypes of Indians are masqueraded in various memes throughout the work. Forced into a life not known to the native people they struggle in a white man’s world with casinos, salmon farms and their connection with nature left mutated by the Keystone pipeline.

We spoke with two artists to find out more about their works. The two are a couple who live in Springfield.

Dick Durbin
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Illinois U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin says talk of impeaching President Donald Trump is premature.

That's at odds with positions taken last week by at least three of the Democrats running for governor in Illinois.

Illinois Issues: State Marches Toward Clean Energy

May 18, 2017
Dylan Blake

Even as a landmark clean energy plan unravels in D.C., Illinois is on track to meet the coal emissions reduction goals it set.

Delinda Chapman, Springfield

Title: “Follow Me”

Medium: Acrylic/Mixed on Paper on Board

Narrative: This painting grew from working with the word immigration. The end result, stemming from my feelings about immigration, is this painting - the first in my series on immigration.

New World Design Ltd.

Pigs may soon fly in Chicago. That's if a massive piece of installation art gets approval to take off. The idea was inspired by the album Animals by Pink Floyd, which itself was influenced by George Orwell's "Animal Farm," political fable critical of inequitable social structures like class.

illustration of religious buildings and government building
Denis Dubrovinfilo, luplupme / iStock

President Trump signed an executive order Thursday relaxing political restrictions on religious groups. Among other provisions, Trump directs the IRS to ease up on faith-based organizations who may have had their tax-exempt status threatened for supporting a particular candidate. NPR reporters annotate the order, adding context and analysis.

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Sean Crawford talks with Business Editor Tim Landis of the State Journal-Register.

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Before his election, back in October, then-presidential candidate Donald Trump laid out a 100 Day Action Plan. He called it his Contract With The American Voter. Among other things, it called for the full repeal and replacement of the Affordable Care Act, suspension of immigration from certain "terror-prone regions," and the lifting of "roadblocks" to let "infrastructure projects like the Keystone Pipeline move forward."

Women's March on Springfield
Brian Mackey / NPR Illinois

The minimum wage, abortion rights, and the state budget were among the rallying points for women marching on the Illinois Statehouse Tuesday. The event put liberal issues — and Democratic candidates — front and center.

Illinois Issues: This State's Abortion Debate

Mar 30, 2017
U.S. Supreme Court exterior
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Bill aims to protect abortion rights on the chance Roe v. Wade  is overturned.

With Democrats in firm control of the Illinois General Assembly, abortion rights might seem to be safe in the state. But what would happen if the U.S. Supreme Court overturned its landmark Roe v. Wade decision, which made abortion legal across the country in 1973?

NPR Politics team will live blog the Senate Judiciary Committee's hearings on the nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch to the U.S. Supreme Court. The live blog will include streaming video, with posts featuring highlights, context and analysis from NPR reporters and correspondents.

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The NPR Two-Way blog will provide live coverage of the House Intelligence Committee’s public hearing on the investigations into alleged Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. Presidential election. The live blog will include streaming video of the proceedings, with posts featuring highlights, context and analysis from NPR reporters and correspondents.

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Illinois Issues: What The Governor Isn't Saying

Mar 9, 2017
Gov. Bruce Rauner / Facebook

Gov. Bruce Rauner has little to say to journalists, and that's not just a problem for reporters.

NPR Illinois will host an opening reception for the 100 Expressions of 100 days art exhibit on the 100th day of the Trump administration: April 29 from 4 - 7 PM. The exhibit will be held at the NPR Illinois studios located in the WUIS building on the UIS campus. Click here for a map. 

Attend the event and see how your community has reacted to the transition to a new administration. 

The exhibit will remain up until June 9. Stop by our studios any time from 9 AM - 5 PM to view the artwork.

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There have been numerous rallies since the election in November.  Most have been protests of the new administration.  Saturday in Springfield, a March 4 Trump event will bring together supporters of the new president.  

Dick Durbin
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Illinois U.S. Senator Dick Durbin on Wednesday voted against two of President Donald Trump’s cabinet nominees.

In the morning, Durbin and all Democrats on the Judiciary Committee voted against attorney general nominee Jeff Sessions.

It came days after Trump fired the acting attorney general for refusing to enforce the president’s order on refugees and immigration.

"This is a constitutional moment, and a challenge to us to envision what the next attorney general will be facing in the remaining three years and 11 months with this president," Durbin said.

headshots of Rep. Cheri Bustos, Rep. Rodney Davis, Sen. Tammy Duckworth, Sen. Dick Durbin, Rep. Darin LaHood, Rep. John Shimkus
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On January 27, President Trump issued an executive order temporarily barring travel from seven Muslim-majority countries. The move, described as "protecting the nation from foreign terrorist entry into the United States," sparked protests around the country from refugee advocates and others as people with previously valid visas were detained at airports.

Trump profile in a talk bubble illustation.
Chelsea Beck / NPR

President Trump has issued an executive order temporarily banning travel from seven Muslim-majority countries. The move, which has raised a series of legal questions, sparked protests around the country as people who had previously been approved to come to the United States were being detained at airports. Here is the order in full, annotated by NPR journalists.

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Members of Springfield’s Muslim community turned out for a demonstration on Monday against President Donald Trump’s executive order on immigration.

Dana Boente headshot
U.S. Department of Justice

President Trump’s decision to fire Acting Attorney General Sally Yates has also elevated a central Illinois native to the top law enforcement position. 

Illustration of President Trump surrounded with tweet bubbles.
Chelsea Beck / NPR

The President's latest tweets.  Explained.

Peter Roskam and Darin LaHood
illustration / original photos U.S. Government

This story has been updated.

Illinois’ Congressional delegation is overwhelmingly opposed to President Donald Trump’s executive order on refugees and immigration.

All 13 of Illinois' Congressional Democrats have come out against the president’s temporary ban on refugees and certain Muslim-country immigrants.

The Republican members of the delegation have been slower to respond. They’re also divided.

Attorney General Lisa Madigan is asking a St. Clair County judge to stop state employees from getting paid without a legal state budget. Could the move force a resolution of Illinois' 19-month budget impasse?

Meanwhile, Gov. Bruce Rauner gave his annual State of the State address. And Rauner, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, and President Donald Trump engaged in a multimedia war of words.

KENT KRIEGSHAUSER / GALESBURG REGISTER-MAIL

Who has been hurt the most by shifts in the Illinois economy?

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