Thousands of protesters angry over Donald Trump’s election win took to Chicago’s streets for nearly nine hours Wednesday and into early this morning, demonstrating near Trump Tower, marching through downtown and blocking traffic.
U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin, the second highest-ranking Democrat in the Senate, on Wednesday lamented the Republicans’ big victories on Election Day and said of President-elect Trump, “I just hope the office will build the man.”
The Republican governor avoided speaking Trump’s name during the campaign season in Democratic-leaning Illinois. Now he’ll likely be asked about President Trump and every controversial move he makes, and it will happen during Rauner’s own 2018 re-election bid.
Their candidate didn’t take Illinois, but supporters across the state are relieved and optimistic after his national victory. Trump won most of Illinois’ southern and western counties, rural areas and counties on the outer reaches of the Chicago suburbs.
Illinois consumers hit by higher health insurance prices and dwindling options now face the possibility of their Obamacare coverage vanishing completely with Republicans in control of the White House and Congress.
The nationwide debate over taxing sugary beverages is set to play out today at the Cook County Board, with commissioners divided on a measure that President Toni Preckwinkle is counting on to balance the books.