Springfield

More than 200 people rallied outside the state capitol building in Springfield over the weekend to show support for immigrants.

Standing in the shadow of the statehouse dome - right near a Lincoln statue - residents shared stories and support for people who have been living in the U.S. under the "Consideration of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals" program, commonly referred to as DACA. The Trump administration has begun to phase it out.

Criticism is mounting over President Donald Trump’s decision to end a program protecting young, undocumented immigrants. The Catholic Dominican Sisters in Springfield recently added their voice to the crowd.

Sister Marcelline Koch said the religious group’s support of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, known as DACA, is rooted in teachings about welcoming the stranger and treating people with dignity and respect.

Steven Andersson

Another Republican State Representative from northern Illinois has announced that he will not seek re-election in 2018.

Steven Andersson of Geneva was a leader of the GOP revolt that gave Illinois its first budget in more than two years. He cited an increasingly political and partisan atmosphere in Springfield.

Andersson issued a public statement Wednesday on Facebook.

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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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