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State Week: Readying For A New Governor

A new General Assembly sworn in on the eve of a new Governor and administration. Tina Sfondeles of the Chicago Sun-Times joins the panel.

State Week: Ald. Burke Arrested, Legislative Session Preview

Chicago Ald. Ed Burke is accused of using his position to steer business to his law firm. The city's longest-serving alderman has ties across government in Illinois and the city — will there be other shoes to drop?

State Week: 2018 - A Look Back

A look back at the top stories in Illinois politics and government over the past year.

State Week: Durbin Passes Justice Bill; Patti Blagojevich Appeals To Trump; IL Loses Population

After years of effort, a bipartisan coalition passed criminal justice reform legislation in Congress this week. Turns out the relationship between Illinois U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin and presidential adviser/son-in-law Jared Kushner played a role in keeping the legislation on track.

State Week: Durbin Passes Justice Bill; Patti Blagojevich Appeals To Trump; IL Loses Population

State Week: Rauner Wanted Out; Emanuel Issues To-Do List

Gov. Bruce Rauner says he tried to get out of his doomed re-election bid. In an interview with Craig Wall of WLS-TV, Chicago's ABC station, he says he tried and failed to recruit other people to take his place on the ballot.

State Week: Pritzker Transition, $15 Minimum Wage, Illinois Bicentennial

Gov.-elect J.B. Pritzker announced his ninth and tenth transition committees this week, including one on business issues and economic development. He also reiterated his committment to raising Illinois' hourly minimum wage to $15.

State Week: Pritzker Transition, $15 Minimum Wage, Illinois Bicentennial

State Week: Rauner Speaks, Nasty Debate, Veto Wrap-Up

Gov. Bruce Rauner held his first news conference since losing re-election. He would not say why he thinks he and his fellow Republicans lost, but he did tell reporters he's "scared" for the people of Illinois.

State Week: Illinois' Budget Woes, Chicago's Mayoral Race, Amazon's Second HQ

Gov. Bruce Rauner's budget office issued its final five-year forecast and the trends are not good. Gov.-elect J.B. Pritzker is likely going to face an uphill climb toward meeting his campaign promises while coming anywhere close to balancing the state budget.

State Week: Illinois' Budget Woes, Chicago's Mayoral Race, Amazon's Second HQ

State Week: Rauner Rolled In Veto Session

The Illinois General Assembly rolled over Gov. Bruce Rauner in the first week of veto session, voting to override his vetos of more than three-dozen bills. But that's only half the game. When lawmakers return for week two of veto session, the House and Senate will swap bills to complete the override process — will the governor fare any better then?

State Week: Dems Take Suburbia, And Illinois Follows

J.B. Pritzker and his fellow Democrats ran the table on statewide offices at this week's general election. The party also picked up two seats in Congress, increased its supermajority in the state Seante, and gained a supermajority in the Illinois House. Many of the Democratic gains were rooted in former Republican strongholds outside Chicago. Do the election results suggest a permanent realignment? Or is it unique to the circumstances of 2018?

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