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From The 21st: Illinoisans’ Hopes for the Biden Administration

Left: Lynn Sweet, Chicago Sun-Times Washington Bureau Chief; Right: Jeremy Hobson, Urbana native and former host of NPR's Here & Now

WASHINGTON – Presidential inaugurations are by definition historic events. Joe Biden officially become the 46th president of the United States on January 20, 2021 just before noon Wednesday during a ceremony at the U.S. Capitol. The inauguration came two weeks after a violent mob of white nationalists brawled with police and smashed their way into the Capitol building, attempting to prevent the certification of Biden’s victory. That insurrection followed two months of President Donald J. Trump refusing to accept the results of what 50 state legislatures and scores of courts determined was a free and fair election.


Jeremy Hobson, former host of NPR’s Here and Now and Marketplace, Urbana native and WILL radio alum

Lynn Sweet, Washington Bureau Chief for the Chicago Sun-Times

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