Governor Bruce Rauner Fills Out NIU Board Of Trustees

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Rauner appointed Dennis Barsema to Northern Illinois University’s Board of Trustees.

Barsema is the president and CEO of Redback Networks. His past roles include being president and CEO of Onetta, Inc.

Barsema is a graduate of Northern Illinois University and has two buildings named after him on campus.

Rauner also appointed Eric Wasowicz to the Board of Trustees. Wasowicz is an alumni and instructor at NIU.

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Illinois Senate leaders are sticking to their word that they plan to vote on a compromise budget deal next week.

Democratic Senate President John Cullerton of Chicago and Minority Leader Christine Radogno of Lemont told the Chicago Tribune editorial board that they plan to put the proposal to a floor vote Wednesday.

It would raise income taxes, borrow to pay off overdue bills, expand casino gambling, and freeze local property taxes.

Cullerton says the Senate must act quickly in part to fend off lobbyists lining up to kill parts of the plan.

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State officials say television and film production generated nearly a half-billion dollars in spending in Illinois last year.

The Illinois Film Office released the statistic Friday, saying the 2016 figure of $499 million represents a 51 percent increase over 2015.

Film office officials say the state worked with 345 television, commercial and film projects and those projects generated nearly 13,400 job hires during 2016.

Scott Desavouret

People watching the inauguration from home got a close-up view of the speeches. For those near the National Mall, it provided a different perspective. Correspondent Scott Desavouret of Malta, Ill. is in Washington D.C. and says protest chants were greeted this morning with counter chants of "USA."

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With his hand on the Bible, Donald J. Trump has pledged to "preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States," taking the formal oath of office and completing an unlikely trajectory from real-estate mogul to the nation's 45th president.

A crowd that stretched along the National Mall assembled under gray, Washington skies to witness the ceremony. So did nearly every living former president, from Jimmy Carter and George W. Bush to Bill Clinton and his wife, Hillary, who was defeated by Trump last November after a costly and divisive campaign.