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State Week

An analysis of the week in Illinois politics and government from the NPR Illinois Statehouse bureau.

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An analysis of the week in Illinois politics and government from the NPR Illinois Statehouse bureau.

State Week: What the abortion ruling means in Illinois

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The court decision overturning Roe v. Wade won't stop abortions in the state. It remains legal in Illinois. But abortion rights supporters are eyeing additional moves to protect access.

Jun 24 2022

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State Week: Trump's influence in Illinois GOP politics

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The former president will appear in western Illinois at a rally for Congresswoman Mary Miller. It's likely to give her campaign a boost. Will Trump also make an endorsement in the governor's race?

Jun 17 2022

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State Week: Polls show Bailey in front as Irvin changes strategy

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Republican State Senator Darren Bailey has moved ahead in recent polling in his effort to gain his party's gubernatorial nomination

Jun 10 2022

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State Week: GOP candidates for governor debate; Troubles at DCFS

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There was another debate this week in the race to be the Republican nominee for governor. But this marked the first time all candidates participated. Aurora Mayor Richard Irvin was the target of most attacks from his rivals as the election inches closer.We also discuss new reporting from the Better Government Association into the state's child welfare agency.

Jun 03 2022

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State Week: Policy makers talk about guns after the latest school shooting

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The tragedy in Uvalde, Texas this week shook the nation and once again thrust the issue of guns into the campaign spotlight. While Illinois has more restrictive gun laws than many states, politicians in both parties are weighing in on what they say is needed to prevent mass shootings. Not surprisingly, there is plenty of disagreement.

May 27 2022

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State Week: Early voting and negative campaigns

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Early voting kicked off in many parts of Illinois this week. Meanwhile, the campaigns have stepped up their efforts, especially in the race for the Republican gubernatorial nomination.

May 20 2022

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State Week: DCFS Audit; Update on Republican primary for governor

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Another week and another audit critical of a state agency. This time it focused on the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services. The audit found continuing problems at DCFS. Also, the GOP gubernatorial hopeful Richard Irvin held a news conference this week. But he didn't like the questions from reporters.

May 13 2022

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State Week: With elections looming, abortion takes center stage

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When a leaked draft copy of a U.S. Supreme Court opinion became public this week, it created a firestorm. The long standing decision in Roe v. Wade, which ensured the right to an abortion, is apparently close to being overturned. What does that mean for Illinois, which has some of the more progressive abortion access laws in the country? And will it be the issue most on voters' minds?

May 06 2022

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State Week: Two months until the primary

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Illinois voters will have a new experience this year. The primary election has been moved until late June. Races are starting to heat up. But is the public paying attention?

Apr 29 2022

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State Week: Illinois sees another credit upgrade

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Gov. J.B. Pritzker signed Illinois' next budget into law this week, even though it's more than two months until it takes effect. Moody's Investor Service also upgraded Illinois' credit rating, the third upgrade the state has been given in the past year. Moody's and Standard and Poor's issued upgrades previously. We also discuss the latest election related news.

Apr 22 2022

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State Week: A session recap

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Lawmakers made an early departure from the statehouse after wrapping up the spring session. Before doing so, they passed a new budget, anti-crime legislation and more. We discuss it on this episode.

Apr 15 2022

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State Week: The session finish line

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Democrats in control of state government were racing to approve a budget and public safety legislation, among other items, before their self-imposed adjournment deadline passed. The budget plan included several tax relief proposals, which will be heavily touted during the upcoming campaigns.

Apr 08 2022

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State Week: Crime takes center stage as session winds down

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Both parties are pointing fingers on the issue of crime as election year messaging ramps up. Republicans have continued to criticize criminal justice legislation Democrats approved last year. Meanwhile, the Democratic Governors Association issued an attack ad against GOP gubernatorial candidate Richard Irvin, targeting some of the clients he represented as a defense attorney. And statehouse Democrats have also unveiled a new anti-crime package in the final days of the spring legislative session.

Apr 01 2022

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State Week: Democrats pay off some unemployment fund debt, but the GOP argues it's not enough

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The Illinois Unemployment Insurance Trust Fund has racked up a $4.5 billion in debt. Democrats this week voted to pay off a chunk of what's owed through the use of federal pandemic aid funds. But Republicans say there's still a large hole that will need to be filled, most likely through borrowing and paying interest for several years.

Mar 25 2022

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State Week: The campaign season gets rolling

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The end of the period where candidates file petitions brings us closer to the final ballot lineup. The primary is set for June and candidates are picking up the pace in efforts to introduce themselves to voters and get their message across. We'll discuss the governor's race and more.

Mar 18 2022

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State Week: Madigan pleads not guilty

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Former Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan was arraigned on bribery and racketeering charges this week. He entered a not guilty plea. We discuss what's next for the case. And, candidates are filing their paperwork to run for office. The filing is later than past years because the primary election has been moved to June.

Mar 11 2022

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State Week: The hammer falls with Madigan indictment

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The bombshell news dropped Wednesday that former Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan was indicted on federal racketeering and bribery charges. While reaction poured in, Madigan denied wrongdoing. Now that he faces charges, another chapter is being written in the story of the longest serving legislative leader.

Mar 04 2022

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State Week: Mask mandate ending, but the fight continues

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Illinois' indoor mask mandate will end on Monday, February 28, in most locations. But a court battle continues over the governor's authority to issue such orders. The attorney leading the charge against masking has announced he will run for Illinois Attorney General as a Republican. And, the debate over masks results in drama on the Illinois House floor.

Feb 25 2022

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State Week: The fight over a school mask mandate continues

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Our panel tries to bring clarity over the legal fight regarding masks in Illinois schools.

Feb 18 2022

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State Week: Mask mandate set to end while debate over schools heats up

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A judge's decision created confusion around COVID-19 mitigations in schools. Meanwhile, Gov. J.B. Pritzker announced he will lift the state's indoor mask mandate at the end of the month in most locations, except schools, health care settings and congregate care facilities. All of this happening as COVID numbers continue to fall.

Feb 11 2022

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Fantastic podcast

By Chicagowonk - May 16 2020
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Great nonpartisan coverage of Illinois politics.

Awesome

By Pumba709 - Jan 28 2017
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Great layout of IL current policy and of politicians.