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John Wilkes Booth is a villain in history.  Yet, he had a prominent spot in the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum in Springfield.

Since the facility opened in 2005, a sinister statue of Booth shadowed the Lincoln family as visitors entered the main plaza.  But that's not the case anymore. 

Spokesman Chris Wills said a decision was made to remove the statue.  “The leadership here…talked it over, listened to what guests had to say and staff, and decided that wasn’t the appropriate place to deal with John Wilkes Booth and what he did.”

 

Liberal Illinois lawmakers and citizens' groups celebrated International Women’s Day at the state Capitol.

 

The all-Democratic list of speakers didn’t shy away from politics. There were shots at the governor, and talk of a legislative platform focused on social services and health care access for women.

But Democratic state Senator Toi Hutchinson of Olympia Fields says there is respect for GOP women. She gave the example of Senate Minority Leader Christine Radogno, who launched the “grand bargain” negotiations.

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A protest against President Donald Trump’s immigration order drew families from Springfield’s Muslim community.

It happened Monday at the Old State Capitol historic site.

11-year-old Aliya Hashmi says it’s her first ever protest; she thinks the president’s order targets people who have done nothing wrong.

“I don’t think it’s right, and it’s not really fair to innocent people who haven’t done anything against the Constitution, and Trump’s making a big deal about nothing, so,” Hashmi said.

Late last month a bus carrying about 25 Texan students, mostly Latino, rolled into Springfield. The group was on a mission concerning the legacy of Santa Anna, who led many battles during the Mexican American War. Springfield is home to something that was once very close to the Mexican General, and the students say it belongs back in his home country, all these decades later.

 

Around  1,000 public safety officials are in Springfield this week for the Illinois Emergency Management Agency’s annual training summit.  

The event includes keynote speakers that dealt with the Orlando mass shooting and Flint water crisis.  Michigan Emergency Management Director Chris Kelenske stressed the importance of technology when responding to an emergency. 

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