<![CDATA[NBC Chicago - Chicago Political News and Chicago Politics]]>Copyright 2017http://www.nbcchicago.com/news/politics http://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/5-Chicago-Blue.png NBC Chicago http://www.nbcchicago.comen-usSat, 21 Jan 2017 01:12:40 -0600Sat, 21 Jan 2017 01:12:40 -0600NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Follow the Inaugural Parade in Real Time]]> Fri, 20 Jan 2017 13:28:58 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/ap-inaug-parade-th.jpg

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<![CDATA[WhiteHouse.gov Switches Hands, Gets Trump Refresh]]> Fri, 20 Jan 2017 19:45:54 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-632199332.jpg

Many of the pages on the White House's website were taken down Friday, shortly after Donald Trump's inauguration as president, including pages on LGBTQ rights, climate change and the Affordable Care Act.

However, those pages are still accessible online. Anything that was at WhiteHouse.gov under the Obama administration has been moved to ObamaWhiteHouse.gov. The plan to do so was announced earlier in the week.

Everything on the archived version of the Obama White House page is marked as "historical material" that's "frozen in time."

The new version of WhiteHouse.gov lists Trump and Mike Pence as president and vice president, and made no mention of LGBT or climate change Friday afternoon. A new page calling for an "America first energy plan," however, was live.

"For too long, we’ve been held back by burdensome regulations on our energy industry. President Trump is committed to eliminating harmful and unnecessary policies such as the Climate Action Plan and the Waters of the U.S. rule," the new page reads

The Department of Labor's page on advancing LGBTQ rights in the work place appears to have been scrubbed from the department's website. The many pages that were once devoted to explaining and helping Americans sign up for the Affordable Care Act appear to have taken down. 

Meanwhile, the first online petition of Trump's presidency appeared on whitehouse.gov shortly after his inauguration. 

The petition calls for the White House to "Immediately release Donald Trump's full tax returns, with all information needed to verify emoluments clause compliance." 

It had received more than 2,000 signatures hours after the inauguration. 

NBC has reached out for comment to President Trump's team. 



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<![CDATA[Inaugural Words: America, Country, People, Carnage]]> Fri, 20 Jan 2017 12:32:11 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/trump-inaug-speech-wordcloud.gif

America. Country. People. These were the most commonly used words by President Donald Trump in his inaugural address on Friday. 

Trump used either "America" or "American" 33 times in his speech, in which he spoke of the problems that have plagued the country in recent years, and promised to fix them. He said "country" 11 times and "people" 10 times. 

Those three words have been used in nearly every inaugural speech in the country's history, according to a database of the speeches compiled by the Washington Post. But Trump also had at least one unusual word choice: "Carnage." 

"But for too many of our citizens, a different reality exists: mothers and children trapped in poverty in our inner cities; rusted out factories scattered like tombstones across the landscape of our nation; an education system flush with cash, but which leaves our young and beautiful students deprived of all knowledge; and the crime and the gangs and the drugs that have stolen too many lives and robbed our country of so much unrealized potential," he said.

"This American carnage stops right here and stops right now," Trump added.

According to the Post, this was the first time "carnage" was used in an inaugural address.

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<![CDATA[Inauguration Mosaic: Social Posts from the National Mall]]> Fri, 20 Jan 2017 12:32:27 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/trump-mosaic.jpg

People from across the country gathered at the National Mall to watch the inauguration of Donald J. Trump, the 45th President of the United Stated. The above mosiac shows social posts from people watching the mosaic, overlaid on a photo of the crowd itself. Were you there tweeting? Use the 'Find Yourself' tool to find your post or click on the faces to see posts by others. 

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<![CDATA[Obamas Ask for Insight on Upcoming Presidential Library]]> Fri, 20 Jan 2017 12:30:29 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/AP_17020555831491-%281%29.jpg

Former President Barack Obama and former First Lady Michelle Obama asked supporters Friday for insight on the upcoming Obama Presidential Center in Jackson Park.

“More than a library or museum, it will be a living, working center for citizenship,” Obama said in a YouTube video. “That’s why we want to hear from you. Tell us what you want this project to be and tell us what’s on your mind.”

The former president also stressed the importance of the democratic process during the two-minute video, claiming "true democracy is a project that's much bigger than any one of us."

Jackson Park was formally chosen as the location for the Obama Presidential Center in August. The Obamas lived in Chicago’s Hyde Park neighborhood before relocating to the White House.

In the video, Michelle Obama urged American to send ideas, hopes and beliefs “about what we can achieve together” with the facility.

“Tell us about the young leaders and companies and organizations that inspire you,” she said. “This will be your presidential center just as much as it is ours.”

“So, we want you to tell us what we should be thinking about as we get to work,” the former first lady added.

You can share your ideas for the Obama Presidential Center here.



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<![CDATA[Full Text: President Donald Trump's Inaugural Address]]> Fri, 20 Jan 2017 12:46:25 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-632195944.jpg

The full text of President Donald J. Trump's inaugural address, as delivered:

Chief Justice Roberts, President Carter, President Clinton, President Bush, President Obama, fellow Americans, and people of the world, thank you. We the citizens of America are now joined in a great national effort to rebuild our country and restore its promise for all of our people.

Together we will determine the course of America and the world for many, many years to come. We will face challenges, we will confront hardships. But we will ge the job done. Every four years we gather on these steps to carry out the orderly and peaceful transfer of power. And we are grateful to President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama for their gracious aid throughout this transition. They have been magnificent, thank you.

Today's ceremony, however, has very special meaning because today we are not merely transferring power from one administration to another, or from one party to another, but we are transferring power from Washington, D.C. and giving it back to you, the people.

For too long, a small group in our nation's capital has reaped the rewards of government while the people have born the cost. Washington flourished but the people did not share in its wealth. Politicians prospered, but the jobs left and the factories closed. The establishment protected itself, but not the citizens of our country. Their victories have not been your victories, their triumphs have not been your triumphs.

And while they celebrated in our nation's capital, there was little to celebrate for struggling families all across our land. That all changes starting right here, and right now. Because this moment is your moment it and it belongs to you. It belongs to everyone gathered here today and everyone watching all across America, this is your day, this is your celebration, and this-- the United States of America-- is your country.

And while they celebrated in our nation's capital, there was little to celebrate for struggling families all across our land. That all changes starting right here, and right now. Because this moment if your moment it and it belongs to you. It belongs to everyone gathered here today and everyone watching all across America, this is your day, this is your celebration, and this-- the United States of America-- is your country.

It belongs to everyone gathered here today. And everyone watching, all across America. This is your day. This is your celebration. And this, the United States of America, is your country.

What truly matters is not which party controls our government. But whether the government is controlled by the people.

January 20, 2017, will be remembered as the day the people became the rulers of this nation again.

The forgotten men and women of our country will be forgotten no longer.

Everyone is listening to you now. You came by tens of millions to become a part of a historic movement, the likes of which the world has never seen before.

At the center of this movement is a crucial conviction, that a nation exists to serve its citizens.

Americans want great schools for their children. Safe neighborhoods for their families. And good jobs for themselves. These are just and reasonable demands of righteous people and a righteous public. But for too many of our citizens this is not a reality that exists.

Mothers and children trapped in poverty in our inner cities. Rusted out factories scattered like tomb stones across the landscape of our nation. An education system flush with cash but which leaves young and beautiful students deprived of all knowledge. And the crime and the gangs and the drugs that have stolen too many lives and robbed our country of such much unrealized potential.

This American carnage stops right here and stops right now.

We are one nation, and their pain is our pain, their dreams are our dreams, and their success will be our success. We share one heart one home and one glorious destiny.

The oath I take today is an oath of allegiance to all Americans.

For many decades we've enriched foreign industry at the expense of American industry, subsidized the armies of other countries, while allowing for the very sad depletion of our military. We defended other nation's borders while refusing to defend our own and spent trillions and trillions of dollars overseas while America's infrastructure has fallen into disrepair and decay. We've made other countries rich while the wealth, strength and confidence our country has dissipated over the horizon.

One by one the factories shuttered and left our shores with not even a thought about the millions and millions of American workers that were left behind. The wealth of our middle class has been ripped from their homes and then redistributed all across the world, but that is past and now we are looking only to the future.

We assembled here today are issuing a new decree to be heard in every city in every foreign capital and in every hall of power. From this day forward a new vision will govern our land. From this day forward it's going to be only America first, America first.

Every decision on trade, on taxes, on immigration, on foreign affairs, will be made to benefit American workers and American families. We must protect our borders from the ravages of other countries making our products, stealing our companies, and destroying our jobs. Protection will lead to great prosperity and strength. I will fight for you with every breathe in my body and I will never ever let you down.

America will start winning again. Winning like never before.

We will bring back our jobs, we will bring back our borders, we will bring back our wealth, and we will bring back our dreams.

We will build new roads, and highways, and bridges, and airports, and tunnels, and railways, all across our wonderful nation. We will get our people off of welfare and back to work, rebuilding our country with American hands and American labor.

We will follow two simple rules - buy American, and hire American.

We will seek friendship and good will with the nations of the world, but we do so with the understanding that it is the right of all nations to put their interests first.

We do not seek to impose our way of life on anyone. But rather, to let it shine as an example. We will shine for everyone to follow. We will reinforce old alliances and form new ones. And unite the civilized world against Islamic terrorism, which we will eradicate completely from the face of the earth.

At the bedrock of our politics will be a total allegiance to the United States of America, and through our loyalty to our country we will rediscover our loyalty to each other.When you open your heart to patriotism,  there is no room for prejudice. .

The Bible tells us how good and pleasant it is when God's people live together in unity. We must speak our minds openly debate our disagreements honestly but always pursue solidarity. When America is united, America is totally unstoppable.

There should be no fear we are protected and we will always be protected. We will be protected by the great men and woman of our military and law enforcement. And most importantly we will be protected by God.

Finally, we must think big and dream even bigger. In America we understand the nation is only living as long as it is striving. We will no longer accept politicians who are all talk and no action. Constantly complaining but never doing anything about it.

The time for empty talk is over. Now arrives the hour for action. Do not allow anyone to tell you that it cannot be done. No challenge can match the heart and fight and spirit of America. We will not fail. Our country will thrive and prosper again. We stand at the birth of a new millennium ready to unlock the mysteries of space to free the earth from the miseries of disease and to harness the energies, industries, and technologies of tomorrow. A new national pride will stir our souls, lift our sights, and heal our divisions. It's time to remember that old wisdom, our soldiers will never forget, that whether we are black or brown or white, we all bleed the same red blood of patriots.

We all salute the same great American flag — and whether a child is born in the urban sprawl of Detroit or the wind swept planes of Nebraska, they look up at the same night sky, they fill their heart with the same dreams, and they are infused with the breathe of life by the same almighty creator.

So to all Americans in every city near and far, small and large, from mountain to mountain, from ocean to ocean, hear these words: You will never be ignored again. Your voice, your hopes, and your dreams will define our American destiny and your courage and goodness and love will forever guide us along the way.

Together, we will make America strong again. We will make America wealthy again. We will make America proud again. We will make America safe again, and yes, together, we will make America great again. Thank you. God bless you, and God bless America.



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<![CDATA[How Melania Trump Will Serve in Role of First Lady]]> Fri, 20 Jan 2017 11:06:17 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/melania-trump-nueva-primera-dama-portada.jpg Melania Trump promised an action plan when she arrived at the White House. Here is what she hopes to focus on.]]> <![CDATA[Obama's Final Moments in the Oval Office]]> Fri, 20 Jan 2017 10:44:39 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Obama_Oval_Final_Getty.jpg Watch some of President Obama’s final moments in the Oval Office as he leaves a letter for President-elect Donald Trump on the desk.

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<![CDATA[Donald Trump Is Getting the Nuclear Football]]> Thu, 19 Jan 2017 18:36:20 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/trumGettyImages-632105686.jpg

Sometime before he's sworn in Friday, President-elect Donald Trump will sit down with the top military officers who control America's massive military arsenal and get "THE Briefing," the one that provides him with an understanding — and the tools — of how he would wage nuclear war.

According to those who have witnessed it previously, the briefing is both daunting and sobering, NBC News reported.

Trump will take control of more than 4,000 nuclear warheads.

The options for nuclear war, called courses of action, are contained in both the "Presidential Decision Handbook" which is handed off, as well as in other more detailed briefings that Trump will receive after the inauguration.



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<![CDATA[Over 600 Sister Marches Join Women's March on Washington]]> Thu, 19 Jan 2017 15:11:22 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/marches-map-th.jpg
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<![CDATA[The Perks of Donating to Trump's Inauguration]]> Thu, 19 Jan 2017 15:09:57 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/AP_17013713721598-Trump-head.jpg

How much is lunch with members of Donald Trump's cabinet and House and Senate leadership worth?

According to the Presidential Inaugural Committee, a cool $1 million.

In addition to four tickets to what's billed as an exclusive "leadership luncheon" for anyone who can part with that kind of cash in support of Trump's inaugural festivities, those donors will also enjoy the perks available to other levels of sponsorship, according to a document detailing the "58th Presidential Inaugural Committee Underwriter Benefits."

Those perks include a luncheon with "the ladies of the first families," an "intimate dinner" with Vice President-elect Mike Pence and his wife, Karen, and a "candlelight dinner" with "special appearances" by Trump, Pence and their wives, according to NBC News.



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<![CDATA[Chicago Skyline Gets New Addition in 2017]]> Thu, 19 Jan 2017 15:01:23 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/chicago+skyline+new+building.jpg

A new building on the horizon could change Chicago's skyline.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Thursday broke ground on a 57-story building at 800 S. Michigan Ave. Emanuel boasted that the building, located in the South Loop, will create more than 400 jobs.

“This project will strengthen Chicago’s skyline while creating jobs that reach throughout the city of Chicago,” Emanuel said in a statement. “After finishing [the] year when we set a post-recession record for tower cranes and shattered tourism records, this new high-rise will ensure we keep Chicago’s economic resurgence going strong for years to come.”

The new 620-foot building is part of a $240 million project, which includes the rehabilitation of the Essex Inn. The complex will have about 476 residential units and 290 hotel rooms.

The tower will be built in place of the Essex Inn’s former parking garage and will include an amenities deck on the seventh and eighth floors, a green roof and 100 parking spaces.

"We are excited to make another distinctive addition to Chicago's beautiful skyline with Essex on the Park, and to take the historic Essex Inn to the next level through its comprehensive redevelopment,” John Rutledge, founder, president and CEO of Oxford Capital Group, said in a statement.

Emanuel's office said building construction was at a record high in Chicago in 2016 with 51 cranes operating.

The Chicago skyline isn't the only thing that attracts visitors to the Windy City. With new jobs and attractions, Chicago is expected to continue to see growth in the new year.



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<![CDATA[Trump's Inauguration Committee Says There's a Reason Kanye Wasn't Asked to Perform]]> Thu, 19 Jan 2017 14:06:50 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/trump+kanye.png

Despite being famous friends, President-elect Donald Trump’s team passed on considering Kanye West as a performer for his inauguration Friday.

Tom Barrack, the chair of Trump’s Presidential Inaugural Committee, told CNN's Erin Burnett on Wednesday that the controversial hip-hop mogul was not the right fit for such an event. 

"He considers himself a friend of the president-elect, but it's not the venue,” Barrack told CNN. “The venue we have for entertainment is filled out, it's perfect, it's going to be typically and traditionally American."

Country music star Toby Keith, actor Jon Voight and rock band 3 Doors Down are among the “traditionally American” entertainers slated to perform. Several prominent artists had publicly declined to participate in Trump's inauguration festivities.

“Kanye is a great guy but we just haven't asked him to perform,” Barrack said in his interview with CNN. “We move on with our agenda."

Military bands will also participate, and a fireworks show will follow the "Welcome Celebration."

Trump and West made headlines in December for what many perceived to be an unusual friendship after being photographed together. West was one of several black celebrities Trump met with to talk about issues facing inner city African-Americans.

West refused to comment with reporters after the meeting, instead saying only "I just want to take a picture right now" as he posed for pictures with Trump.

Trump said the two were meeting as "just friends" and were talking about "life."

"He's doing well, he's a good man," he said. 

Trump added, "we've been friends for a long time." 

West announced last year at the Video Music Awards that he would run for president in 2020. That means he would face Trump if the president-elect seeks a second term. After meeting with Trump, West hashtagged a tweet #2024, the first time someone would be able to run for president outside of a possible two-term Trump presidency.



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<![CDATA[Durbin: Blagojevich's Sentence Was 'Outrageously Long']]> Thu, 19 Jan 2017 12:30:49 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-840938632.jpg

Sen. Dick Durbin said Tuesday that incarcerated former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich’s 14-year prison sentence was excessive.

“I think 14 years was an outrageously long sentence. I’ll be honest with you,” Durbin told WGN Radio. “I think it should’ve been a shorter sentence.”

“Definitely, he should’ve gone to jail for what he did, but 14 years, in light of some other sentencing I’ve seen, is really hard to explain,” he added.

Blagojevich, who is currently serving his sentence at a low-security federal prison in Colorado, requested a commutation from President Barack Obama last month. The former governor had his initial 14-year sentence upheld during a re-sentencing hearing in August.

Many of Blagojevich’s criminal charges are related to his attempts to sell the Senate seat Obama vacated before being sworn-in as president. Durbin was a member of the Senate at the time.

On Tuesday, the White House announced 209 inmates whose sentences Obama is shortening in one of his final acts before leaving office on Jan. 20. Another 64 people also received pardons. Blagojevich was not among the group granted clemency Tuesday.

During the interview, Durbin wouldn’t comment directly on Blagojevich’s request for a commuted sentence.

"Rod Blagojevich did file the papers to be considered,” Durbin said during Tuesday's interview. “Whether he did it on time, I can’t say. And certainly the president and his staff are aware that the request has been made."

“I just can’t tell you how this will end. I’ve never spoken to the president directly about it,” he added.



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<![CDATA['Pussyhat Project' Founders Talk Pink Hats to Protest Trump]]> Thu, 19 Jan 2017 04:04:08 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Pussyhat_Project_Trump_Inauguration_1200x675_857874499624.jpg Activists from Southern California founded what they call the Pussyhat Project – a symbolic rebuke of the infamous remarks made by President-elect Donald Trump. They plan to take their knitted hats on a march in protest of Trump’s inauguration. Michael Brownlee reports for the NBC4 News on Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2017. ]]> <![CDATA[Michelle Obama Says Goodbye to 'People's House' in Video]]> Thu, 19 Jan 2017 10:31:39 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/AP_16334714356686.jpg

The boxes are taped, the moving vans are filling up and the staffers have said their goodbyes. On Friday, the first family will move out of the house they’ve called home since 2009. But before they turn over the keys, matriarch Michelle Obama took one last walk through the White House — for the whole world to see.

On Wednesday, the first lady posted a short video of her stroll on Twitter. In the clip, she was accompanied by the beloved family dogs Bo and Sunny.

Wearing chic black pumps, black pants and a bell sleeve blouse, Obama walks slowly through the halls, no doubt taking in all the memories she’s made during her husband’s two terms. 

The Obamas are headed to a 8,200-square-foot home in the Kalorama neighborhood of Washington, D.C.

But before they settle into their new residence, the soon-to-be-former president is taking his wife and children on a relaxing vacation in warm Palm Springs, California — likely a nice respite from the demands of the last eight years.



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<![CDATA[Artist Crafts 'Convicted Governors of Illinois' Cross-Stitch]]> Wed, 18 Jan 2017 15:46:41 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/blago+appeal+new.jpg

Need a cute and quirky reminder of Illinois’ long history of political corruption? A Chicago-based artist has crafted a new cross-stitch pattern that commemorates the state’s unscrupulous former governors.

The artist, Meridith Halsey, is selling her "Convicted Governors of Illinois" cross-stitch pattern on Etsy for a $5 download.

“Did you know that 4 Illinois governors have gone to jail for corruption?” Halsey asks on her Etsy page. “Use this cross stitch pattern to create a great conversation-piece in your home or office, or create the perfect gift for the Illinois politician in your life!”

The design includes stitched likenesses of former Illinois Govs. Otto Kerner, Dan Walker, George Ryan and Rod Blagojevich, all of whom were convicted on federal criminal charges. [[411118745, C]]

Blagojevich, who is currently serving a 14-year sentence at a low-security federal prison in Colorado, requested a commutation from President Barack Obama last month. Many of Blagojevich’s criminal charges are related to his attempts to sell the Senate seat Obama vacated before being sworn-in as president.

On Tuesday, the White House announced 209 inmates whose sentences Obama is shortening in one of his final acts before leaving office on Jan. 20. Another 64 people also received pardons.

Blagojevich was not among the group granted clemency Tuesday. Nevertheless, his wife, Patti Blagojevich, remained hopeful.

“We still have time, please keep up the good wishes,” the incarcerated former governor’s wife wrote on Facebook Tuesday.



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<![CDATA[Hillary Clinton Would Beat de Blasio for NYC Mayor: Poll]]> Wed, 18 Jan 2017 17:29:53 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/de+blasio+clinton.jpg

Hillary Clinton would crush New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio in a head-to-head matchup if she ran as an independent, according to a new Quinnipiac University poll released on Wednesday.

Clinton would beat De Blasio 49 percent to 30 percent, with overwhelming support among Democrats and independents, the poll said. The mayor would beat the former Democratic candidate for president by 10 points among Republicans.

Earlier this month, speculation popped up that Clinton could consider challenging de Blasio this fall. While widespread media reports say she almost certainly will not run, the poll makes clear she would win virtually every age, gender, geographic and ethnic group by significant margins if she did.

"New Yorkers aren't in love with Mayor Bill de Blasio, but they seem to like him better than other possible choices - except Hillary Clinton, who probably is an impossible choice," said Tim Malloy, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Poll, in a release. 

De Blasio was Clinton's campaign manager during her successful 2000 Senate bid. But he initially delayed endorsing her, finally doing so six months after she announced her campaign.

Clinton's strength notwithstanding, in a series of hypothetical matchups De Blasio would easily win a Democratic primary for mayor against the most commonly discussed candidates, including former City Council Speaker Christine Quinn and Comptroller Scott Stringer.

He would also win, albeit with smaller margins, against any of those same candidates running as independents. 

The phone poll of 1,138 New York City voters was conducted Jan. 11-17 and has a margin of error of 2.9 percentage points. 



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<![CDATA[Illinois Dems Expected to Boycott Trump's Inauguration]]> Wed, 18 Jan 2017 13:15:31 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Inauguration.png

A group of Illinois congressmen have joined the growing list of lawmakers expected to boycott President-elect Donald Trump’s inauguration Friday, according to a Chicago Tribune report.

Illinois Reps. Luis Gutierrez, Mike Quigley and Dan Lipinski are among the roughly 60 members of the U.S. House who plan to skip the historic event, according to the report. Democratic Rep. Bobby Rush will reportedly miss the inaugural due to his wife’s hospitalization.

Congressional opposition to Trump’s swearing-in grew after the divisive Republican attacked Civil Rights icon and Georgia Rep. John Lewis, who questioned the legitimacy of Trump’s presidency based on Russian hacking allegations. Lewis is not expected to attend the inaugural.

“Congressman John Lewis should spend more time on fixing and helping his district, which is in horrible shape and falling apart (not to mention crime infested) rather than falsely complaining about the election results,” Trump tweeted Saturday. “All talk, talk, talk - no action or results. Sad!”

Democratic Reps. Robin Kelly, Bill Foster, Jan Schakowsky and Danny Davis are still undecided about the inaugural, according to the Tribune report. Kelly responded Saturday to Trump’s attacks against Lewis.

“You say “talk, talk, talk” but all you do is tweet, lie and demean,” Kelly shot back on Twitter. “That’s ‘bigly’ unpresidential."

Democratic Rep. Cheri Bustos announced Tuesday that she plans to attend the event, despite criticizing Trump’s agenda and behavior. During the ceremony, Bustos plans to stand with President Barack Obama, former President Bill Clinton, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Democratic leaders “who are committed to fighting for the values that we believe in.”

Bustos will also attend the Women’s March on Chicago Saturday.

“On the next day, I and thousands of Illinoisans will march in Chicago to send a message that the true majority rejects President-elect Trump’s politics of divisiveness, and we will hold him accountable,” Bustos said in a statement.

Recently-elected Democratic Reps. Brad Schneider and Raja Krishnamoorthi are also expected to attend the ceremony, the Tribune reports. Krishnamoorthi will reportedly join Bustos at Saturday's Women's March.

All seven Republican lawmakers from the Illinois congressional delegation are expected to be on hand Friday, according to the report. As are both Illinois senators, Democrats Dick Durbin and Tammy Duckworth.

Gov. Bruce Rauner told reporters Tuesday that he's skipping the inaugural because he's "100 percent focused in Illinois." He claimed his choice wouldn’t have a negative impact on Illinoisans, citing his close relationship with members of Trump’s camp.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel is also expected to skip the event, according to the Tribune. A mayoral spokesman wouldn’t say whether the move was a protest against Trump.

“The mayor spent nearly two decades in Washington, and as a general rule these days he tries to spend as little time as possible in D.C. talking about national politics,” Emanuel spokesman Matt McGrath told the Tribune.



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<![CDATA[Scores of US Lawmakers to Boycott Trump Inauguration]]> Fri, 20 Jan 2017 14:06:21 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/180*120/AP_17011739079713.jpg More than 40 Democratic representatives of Congress from across the country have announced plans to boycott Donald Trump's inauguration on Jan. 20, 2017.

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<![CDATA[Presidential Children: Post-White House Years ]]> Wed, 18 Jan 2017 08:56:45 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/180*120/HarrySTruman.jpg The sons and daughters of United States presidents, most of whom were children and teenagers when they followed their parents into the White House, each made a life for themselves away from the shadow of their famous fathers. See how the former first children lived post-White House.

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<![CDATA[A History of the Presidential Inaugural Procession]]> Wed, 18 Jan 2017 10:53:29 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Clinton---1993-Inauguration-USSS-0001.jpg From the horse and buggy to reinforced limousines, see the century-long history of Secret Service agents - and their rides - at the side of newly elected presidents from Theodore Roosevelt to Barack Obama. ]]> <![CDATA[Why Obamacare Name May Have Done More Harm Than Good]]> Wed, 18 Jan 2017 06:16:02 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Obamacare-501447632.jpg

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Obamacare was such a catchy nickname for the 2010 healthcare reform law. Even President Barack Obama himself embraced it when his Republican enemies coined the term.

But it may have done more harm than good for Obama's signature policy, now in the process of being repealed. Obamacare provided an easy scapegoat for people suffering problems in a health care system that was a mess long before the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act passed Congress in 2009 without a single Republican vote, NBC News reported.

Liz Hamel, who directs polling for the independent Kaiser Family Foundation, found the name does tend to polarize people. “There is some evidence there that, to a certain extent, views on Obamacare are a proxy for views on Obama," Hamel told NBC News.

"When we said 'health reform law' they said they don't know how they feel about it. When we said Obamacare, people more easily split into pro- and con- camps," she added.



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<![CDATA[CPD's Community Policing Advisory Panel Holds 1st Meeting]]> Tue, 17 Jan 2017 20:20:57 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/cpd+panel+117.png

The Chicago Police Department's new Community Policing Advisory Panel held its first meeting on Tuesday, just days after the U.S. Department of Justice released its report finding that CPD has violated constitutional rights through a pattern of excessive force.

The panel is dedicated to developing a new strategic plan for community policing, an area in which the DOJ specifically noted that the city is lacking.

“Our goal is to make CPD the model law enforcement agency across the country," Supt. Eddie Johnson said during Tuesday's meeting at Chicago police headquarters.

The panel consists of national experts in the field, Chicago community leaders and members of CPD leadership - all determined to make the city safer.

"Community policing, community engagement and an approach to enhancing trust and confidence in policing is really needed in Chicago right now," said panel member Tracey Meares, a law professor at Yale University who served on President Obama’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing.

Chicago had a community policing program, known as CAPS, in place long before the panel was formed in 2016, according to Johnson, who said it has seen successes in the past.

"In the 90's, we were the leader in community policing throughout the country and we've kind of lost some of that luster," Johnson said, "but we fully intend on returning back to that number one position."

The formation of the new panel came not just following the DOJ's investigation, but after Chicago saw its deadliest year in two decades with more than 762 homicides - which experts say is a inextricably linked to the lack of trust between police and the communities they serve.

“The number one thing we need to understand is that the violence problem that Chicago is experiencing is also a function of the need for police reform," said Meares, adding that engagement key to building trust.

"It has to be infused throughout what the department does, it has to be a way of doing business, not just a tactic," she said.

The panel plans to meet several more times before making recommendations on best practices to Supt. Johnson by March.

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<![CDATA[Durbin to Sessions: Allow Russian Hacking Investigations]]> Tue, 17 Jan 2017 18:39:54 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/AP_17010580743939-session.jpg

Sen. Dick Durbin and Democratic members of the Senate Judiciary Committee sent a letter Tuesday urging Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions, President-elect Donald Trump’s nominee for attorney general, to allow Russian hacking investigations to proceed.

The group also pushed Sessions to recuse himself from any future or ongoing FBI or Justice Department investigations into Russian efforts to influence the 2016 presidential election.

Sessions appeared before the committee last Tuesday, but was unable to answer questions about a CNN report released the same day that claimed President Barack Obama and President-elect Trump were briefed by intelligence officials on unconfirmed allegations that Russia may have “compromising personal and financial information about Mr. Trump.”

The briefing also included unconfirmed allegations that Trump “surrogates and intermediaries" were in contact with the Russian government throughout the campaign.

“These allegations must be fully investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Justice Department, especially in light of the recent assessment by the intelligence community that Russian President Vladimir Putin personally ordered a campaign to influence the outcome of our presidential election in Donald Trump’s favor,” the group wrote.

Trump has denied the allegations, sparring with CNN correspondent Jim Acosta at last Wednesday’s press conference and admonishing his organization for publishing the report. Buzzfeed posted the full dossier of unconfirmed allegations later Tuesday, a move that has drawn considerable criticism.

Trump conceded that he thinks Russia was responsible for the hacking at last Wednesday’s press conference after repeatedly questioning the intelligence community and their findings.

Nevertheless, Trump told the Wall Street Journal Friday that he would be open to lifting U.S. sanctions on Russia if it assists the U.S. with certain efforts, like counterterrorism. That rollback would likely include President Barack Obama’s recently-imposed sanctions for Russian meddling in the 2016 election.

“If you get along and if Russia is really helping us, why would anybody have sanctions if somebody’s doing some really great things,” Trump said in the interview.



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