Politics and Government

Politics and Government

MTD board to kick off talks on proposed downtown development

CHAMPAIGN — An exceptionally large and complex downtown Champaign development plan is going to require an exceptionally thorough review process, officials say.

UI trustee nominee often gives to GOP candidates

CHAMPAIGN — Dr. Stuart King, Gov. Bruce Rauner's latest nominee to the University of Illinois Board of Trustees, is a generous donor to mostly Republican candidates, including the governor.

Campaign disclosure records show that King has donated $6,000 to the Citizens for Rauner campaign account, the most recent being a $1,000 contribution in March.

Lawsuit says effects of N.C. 'bathroom bill' still felt

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Transgender people in North Carolina are still effectively prevented from using restrooms matching their gender identity under a law that replaced the state's notorious "bathroom bill" earlier this year, according to a lawsuit filed Friday.

UPDATED: Spicer resigns as press secretary



WASHINGTON (AP) — White House press secretary Sean Spicer, President Donald Trump's embattled spokesman during the first six months of his presidency, is resigning his position, according to two people with knowledge of the decision.

U.S. to ban Americans from traveling to N. Korea

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration will ban American citizens from traveling to North Korea, U.S. officials said Friday, following the death of university student Otto Warmbier who died in June after falling into a coma in a North Korean prison.

Judge orders buffer zone outside Kentucky abortion clinic

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — A federal judge issued an order Friday to keep protesters away from a "buffer zone" outside Kentucky's only abortion clinic, which is targeted by a national anti-abortion group.

Trump legal team looking to investigate Mueller aides

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's legal team is evaluating potential conflicts of interest among members of special counsel Robert Mueller's investigative team, according to three people with knowledge of the matter. The revelation comes as Mueller's probe into Russia's election meddling appears likely to include some of the Trump family's business ties.

Burundi robotics teens may have initiated vanishing

McLEAN, Va. (AP) — Organizers of an international robotics competition in the U.S. capital believe the disappearance of six teens from Burundi may have been "self-initiated."

3 Palestinians killed in clashes with Israeli troops

ERUSALEM (AP) — An escalating dispute over metal detectors at a contested Jerusalem shrine turned violent on Friday, setting off widespread clashes between Palestinian stone-throwers and Israeli troops. Three Palestinians were killed and several dozen injured by live rounds, rubber bullets and beatings, medics said.

U.S. official: IS putting up stiff resistance in Syria's Raqqat

KOBANI, Syria (AP) — Advances against the Islamic State group in its stronghold in the Syrian city of Raqqa have slowed down amid stiff resistance from the militants, said the spokesman for the U.S.-led coalition fighting the group.