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Having grown up in Brussels, Belgium, American artist and illustrator Chas Fagan says he was keenly interested in U.S. history, particularly its presidents.

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Another in the rolling series of healthcare protests has happened in Bloomington.

Progressives held a "die-in" outside the Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts.

Davis And LaHood Vote For Obamacare Repeal

May 4, 2017
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Both Central Illinois Congressman Darin LaHood and Rodney Davis voted for the bill to replace the Affordable Care Act.

This is not a complete repeal of Obamacare. But, Congressman Davis said it fixes health care to provide more affordable choices and more accessibility.

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Progressives in Bloomington Normal made a point of going out in the rain to area Congressional offices to protest the House vote on the GOP healthcare repeal.

The measure passed the house and moves to the Senate, which has decided to work on its own bill and not take up the House version.

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State Representative Carol Ammons says she’ll announce by late June if she’s running for Illinois’ 13th Congressional District in 2018.

For now the Urbana Democrat has formed an exploratory committee to help her decide whether to challenge Republican Congressman Rodney Davis of Taylorville.

Obama Addresses Chicago Youth

Apr 24, 2017
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Barack Obama was back in Chicago for his first big appearance since leaving the White House three months ago.

Obama sat on a University of Chicago stage with six young people to talk about issues he’d like to address now that he’s no longer president.

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U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth said progressives should not get their hopes up about a single payer healthcare insurance system.

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Congressman Rodney Davis said he stands behind the American Healthcare Act as written, though he expects it to change significantly before passage.

The Congressional Budget Office indicates older Americans would pay much more for coverage than under the Affordable Care Act.

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Congressional candidate and emergency room physician Dr. David Gill thinks Obamacare should be fixed, not repealed and the first step is to address insurance company involvement. 

Gill, a Democrat, has announced he's running against Republican incumbent Rodney Davis who represents Illinois' 13th District.  Gill spoke against the GOP's Affordable Health Care Act Tuesday night at a Stand Up For Justice rally on the lawn of the Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts.

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The GOP proposal to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act is on the table.

The GOP Plan offers tax credits instead of individual subsidies for coverage. The credit starts going away as incomes rise.

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Protestors at the Central Illinois Regional Airport say Congressman Rodney Davis ducked them as he met with reporters before flying back to Washington.

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Downstate hospital executives claim repealing the Affordable Care Act without a replacement would cost the state more than 84-thousand jobs.

The Illinois Hospital Association argued having 1.2 million more Illinoisians with insurance has helped create thousands of new jobs downstate. They said if the Affordable Care Act goes, so do the jobs.

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McLean County Republican Party Chair Chuck Erickson says he's flying out to Washington for the inauguration of President-Elect Donald Trump.

Erickson said he's very much looking forward to it.

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Former Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick is joining the board of the foundation building President Barack Obama's future presidential library.

The Barack Obama Foundation says Patrick will serve alongside other board members including Obama's sister, Maya Soetoro-Ng. The foundation is with working with the president and first lady Michelle Obama on planning for the library and presidential center to be built on Chicago's South Side.

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President Barack Obama is now 55 years old. His birthday came and went last week, and most Illinois residents probably didn't take notice.

They may have, had legislation sponsored by Illinois State Representative Andre Thapedi passed.  He wanted Obama's birthday to be recognized as a holiday in the President's adopted home state.

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Supporters of changing the way Illinois draws its legislative districts did not waste any time. They immediately began claiming President Barack Obama endorsed their idea in his speech Wednesday. But, the president has taken pains to be more nuanced.

Before Air Force One had even left Springfield, the head of “Independent Maps” was out with a press release. He said: “People all over Illinois – and now the White House – want to end the practice of Illinois politicians picking their voters.”

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President Barack Obama took a nostalgic trip Wednesday to the Illinois capital where he launched his national political career. In an address to lawmakers, he appealed for help ridding politics of ``polarization and meanness'' that he says discourage participation in civic life. The president offered a few prescriptions, including reducing the influence of big money, changing the way congressional districts are drawn and making it easier for people to vote.

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Members of the Illinois General Assembly will hear from a special guest Wednesday--President Barack Obama. Obama's returning to Springfield nine years to the day he was in the capital city to announce he was running for the nation's highest office.

It will be the first time a sitting President has addressed a joint session of the Illinois legislature since 1978. Then, President Jimmy Carter said that as a former Georgia state senator he realized the "extreme importance" of state government.

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More than 300 college students and twin city residents took part in a watch party at Illinois State University for President Obama’s State of the Union Address. ISU became the national hub for a live webcast sent out to nearly 500 campuses in the United States. 

Heartland Community College Student Hetal Bhirawani says she is impressed with the younger generation. “We are all interested in politics, and we want to know where we are going, where our future is going, and what the people in authority are doing to secure our future.”