State Week Podcast

State Week Podcast

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An analysis of the week in Illinois politics and government from the NPR Illinois Statehouse bureau.More from State Week Podcast »

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State Week: Hastert Sentenced, Rauner Calls For 2-Year Budget Deal

Former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert was sentenced in a hush-money scandal and admitted to molesting children; Governor Bruce Rauner said he hopes...

State Week: Band-Aid On A Bullet Wound?

As one statehouse reporter put it, the main headline from this week is "Something finally happens in Springfield." Democrats and Republicans came...

State Week: Could State Workers' Paychecks Be In Jeopardy?

After months without meeting, the governor and legislative leaders gathered behind closed doors this week, with apparently no progress toward a budget...

State Week: More Talk, Little Action

This week, Senate Minority Leader Christine Radogno declared, "We need change!" However, there is still no agreement among state lawmakers and Governor...

State Week: Gov Doth Protest Too Much?

As Chicago State University moves closer to closing, Gov. Bruce Rauner this week said he's "very upset" about Illinois not having a budget. But didn't...

State Week: Court Rulings On Pensions, Raises

A pair of Illinois Supreme Court rulings this week are a mixed bag for government employees. The justices struck down a law intended to reduce benefits...

State Week: And the Winner Is ...

Several of the races in this week's primary election were widely seen as a referendum on Gov. Bruce Rauner. In the two highest-profile races, the...

State Week: Election Vacation Consternation

With the election arriving next Tuesday, a handful of candidates and their "dark money" supporters were spending millions of dollars on just a handful o...

State Week: Another Day, Another Fruitless Budget Debate

It's been 247 days since the state of Illinois had a budget. In that time, the nation of Iran struck a deal with America to limit its nuclear program an...

State Week: Can't They Agree On Anything?

Gov. Bruce Rauner stumped across Illinois to drum up support for education funding — K-12 education finding, at least. College students, particularly...

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