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Shortly after the president concluded, Former Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear delivered the Democratic Response to President Trump’s address.

Beshear was chosen by Democratic Party leaders for his record, expanding affordable health care.

Journalists across the NPR newsroom annotate Beshear's remarks in this live transcript. 


President Trump addressed a joint session of Congress for the first time on Tuesday evening at the Capitol, around 9:00 PM Eastern Time. The address came a day after Trump gave an outline of his budget plan for Congress, which would increase defense spending and make cuts to domestic programs.

Following tradition, House Speaker Paul Ryan invited the president to make the speech to lay out his agenda in the early days of his new administration.


The Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs will hold its 26th Anniversary Desert Storm Remembrance Ceremony on Tuesday. Each year, the department honors soldiers from the state killed in the first Gulf War. 

Graphic entitled Barriers to Pro Bono
ABA website / American Bar Association

Many people in Illinois, and across the country, need help with legal problems but can't afford it. Or they don't know their problems can be solved via the legal system. Michelle O'Neill reports that's why the Illinois Supreme Court is working with the American Bar Association on a Pro Bono Survey of attorneys in the state.

Graph shows river leves at Rock Island with measured points in a line with forecast levels. / Quad Cities National Weather Service

Davenport Public Works employees are preparing for the Mississippi River to reach flood stage soon, then rise a little more. The National Weather Service says river levels could rise quickly over the next week.

state of Iowa

New rules for collective bargaining are now in effect for thousands of state workers in Iowa.

Congressman Eric Swalwell

A nationwide effort by the Democratic Party to connect with young people stops in the Quad Cities Thursday. Iowa Second District Congressman Dave Loebsack will host an appearance by California Congressman Eric Swalwell. 

city of Bettendorf

The Bettendorf City Council selected a new Alderman At-Large Tuesday night. Lisa Brown will be sworn in at the council's next meeting on March 7.

A plan to combine or eliminate some of the city's boards and commissions will be considered Wednesday night by the Davenport city council. Mayor Frank Klipsch says his goal is to close the boards and commissions that are no longer needed, and re-align those that are still important.

Cheri Bustos

Several months after first being mentioned as a possible candidate for governor of Illinois, Cheri Bustos has decided against it. Monday the congresswoman from East Moline and the 17th District said she will run for re-election next year instead.