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Illinois State University

Despite divisiveness, the Center for Civic Engagement wanted students to attend and contribute in the inauguration process through an Illinois State University Discord channel. 

Students were invited Wednesday to join other college students from around the country for a live, virtual viewing and conversation during the inauguration. Discord is an instant messaging and digital distribution platform designed for creating communities.

Joe Biden speaks at Presidential Inauguration
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Democrats in McLean County say President Joe Biden hit all the right notes in his inaugural address on Wednesday, emphasizing the message of unity is just what the country needs after four years of Donald Trump's presidency.

Pritzker Activates National Guard As FBI Warns Of State Capitol Protests

Jan 15, 2021
Capitol News Illinois photos by Peter Hancock

Gov. JB Pritzker has activated 250 members of the Illinois National Guard amid FBI warnings of potential armed protests at the 50 U.S. state capitols in the days leading up to President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration.

Crews could also be seen Friday placing plywood over the windows of the Illinois State Capitol building in Springfield.

Joe Biden
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Main Street Republicans in Bloomington-Normal look ahead to a Joe Biden administration with a combination of fear and optimism. Several GOP members consulted by WGLT, who are not office holders and not involved in political activity, all affirmed traditional values of the party.

Watterson Towers residence hall at ISU

The road to the presidency was not straightforward. And it has shaken some Illinois State University students, who have some of the same divisions and misinformed beliefs the rest of America has shown during voting.

Keith Moldovan holds a sign
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Nearly 100 people happy with the outcome of the presidential election attended a hastily-organized event Saturday in downtown Bloomington billed as, "You're Fired! A Community Farewell for 45."

Janessa and Linda
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Four years ago, black voter turnout declined in the U.S. for the first time in 20 years for a presidential election. Aiming to make a comeback starting with Tuesday’s primary, black voters in Bloomington-Normal say they’re adamant about educating themselves on the issues, hoping to make strategic selections that will result in progressive policymaking in the future.

Joe Biden
John Minchillo / AP

A planned visit to Springfield later this month by former Vice President Joe Biden is proving to be a bigger attraction than expected.