4th Circuit Court Ruling Keeps Trump's Travel Ban On Hold

Updated at 3:45 p.m. ET The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled that President Trump's controversial travel ban should be kept on hold, maintaining a nationwide preliminary injunction that blocks key elements of the executive order from being enforced. A 13-judge panel of the court heard arguments over the ban earlier this month . In Thursday's decision, the chief judge writes that the travel ban "drips with religious intolerance, animus, and discrimination." Trump has signed two...

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School Funding Plan Gets Bipartisan Support By Illinois Lawmakers

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With only a week to go before the scheduled end of the spring session, Democrats in the Illinois Senate passed a new $37.3 billion budget package Tuesday that would raise the state income tax by $5 billion and cut some spending.

But it got no Republican support, and its future is uncertain.

The Senate voted on a different budget proposal last week, and it failed. So, Democrats tabled their negotiations with Republicans and went for a plan that matches the spending level of Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner’s own budget proposal from earlier in the year.  

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Illinois will receive more than $1.2 million from an $18.5 million multi-state settlement with Target Corp. to resolve an investigation into the discount retailer's pre-Christmas data breach in 2013.

Target's breach, which occurred between Nov. 27 and Dec. 15, 2013, affected more than 41 million customer payment card accounts and exposed contact information for more than 60 million customers. The breach forced Target to overhaul its security system. The company offered free credit reports for potentially affected shoppers.

President Trump's proposed budget, released Tuesday, calls for a major reworking of the nation's social safety net for low-income Americans. It would impose more stringent work requirements and limits on those receiving aid, including disability and food stamps, now known as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP. It would also give states more control of, and responsibility for, such spending.

Anti-poverty advocates have vowed to fight the budget plan, which requires congressional approval to go into effect.

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The NIU Jazz Ensemble performs Ralph Moore's "Freeway" in WNIJ's Studio A.

The NIU Jazz Ensemble performs Roy Hargrove's "All Over Again" in WNIJ's Studio A.

Justice Department ethics experts have decided Robert Mueller can proceed as the special counsel leading the investigation into the Russian government's efforts to interfere in the 2016 election, despite his former law firm's representing President Trump's daughter Ivanka and son-in-law Jared Kushner.

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Democrats in the Illinois Senate are preparing to go it alone on a budget plan. This morning, they’re set to consider both spending cuts and tax increases.

Senate Democrats and Republicans had been trying to work together to end the nearly two-year Illinois budget standoff, but an overall deal has escaped completion since January.

With just a few days remaining in the legislative session, Democratic senators moved ahead with some of Gov. Bruce Rauner’s non-budget demands last week.

Now they’re advancing budget legislation.

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The Illinois Department of Transportation is revising its mowing routes along state highways this spring and summer to only 15 feet beyond the edge of the roadway. 

The move is meant to encourage the growth of critical plant species like milkweed, a primary source of food for pollinators including monarch butterflies. 

The monarch butterfly is the Illinois state insect. Its population has declined by 80% in the past 10 years.  

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The daughter of a World War II veteran who died 47 years ago has finally received her father’s Purple Heart.

The medal was originally awarded to the late Army Cpl. Edward Dunn.  He died in 1970. Years later, his Purple Heart was discovered in a safe deposit box that was surrendered to the Illinois State Treasurer’s Office as unclaimed property.

State Treasurer Michael Frerichs presented the Purple Heart to Cpl. Dunn’s daughter, Connie Barr, during a ceremony Monday at the World War II memorial outside the Peoria County Courthouse.

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One day after a bombing at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, England, killed at least 22 victims and wounded dozens more, police have identified a suspect: Salman Abedi, 22, who also died in the attack. The Greater Manchester Police says it's investigating whether anyone helped to carry out the attack.

Updated at 4:30 a.m. ET

Police in Manchester, England, confirm 22 people dead at Manchester Arena following an explosion after a concert by Ariana Grande. Nearly 60 people have been injured.

Authorities say they believe one man detonated an improvised explosive device, and was killed in the explosion. Chief Constable Ian Hopkins of the Greater Manchester Police said in a news conference,

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The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled that President Trump's controversial travel ban should be kept on hold, maintaining a nationwide preliminary injunction that blocks key elements of the executive order from being enforced.

May 25 is Red Nose Day in the United States.

And millions of people are probably going, "huh, what?"

U.S. aid for international family planning would be eliminated.

Programs to combat HIV/AIDS in the world's poorest countries would be slashed by 17 percent.

Efforts to fight malaria would be chopped by 11 percent.

Those are just some of the cuts to global health spending called for by President Trump in the proposed budget he unveiled this week.

On one level the reductions did not come as a surprise. Trump had already made clear in his "skinny budget" proposal, released in March, that he wanted to lower spending on foreign assistance by more than a third.

Four decades ago Friday, The Dallas Morning News committed an error so grave, so egregious, that it long remained shrouded in silence — out of a deep sense of shame and self-recrimination that one can only imagine.

The paper called Chewbacca a "Wookie."

In one of his most high-profile appearances since leaving the White House, former President Obama warned before tens of thousands of young people in Berlin that "the international order is at a crossroads."

President Trump was also in Europe, chiding NATO members while in Belgium for not living up to agreed-upon defense-spending levels.

Obama delivered an implicit rebuke to Trump's "America First" policy, saying in the modern, interconnected world, "we can't isolate ourselves. We can't hide behind a wall."

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