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

State Week

From NPR Illinois | 91.9 UIS

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

Most Recent Episodes

State Week: The Pandemic Battle In The Courts

This week, a Clay County judge ruled that Governor J.B. Pritzker did not have the authority to issue executive orders to combat the spread of the new coronavirus after his initial order expired. Meanwhile, Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot warned the city that there would be conseqences for those who flout precautionary measures. Also, it's the start of a new fiscal year and several new laws went into effect July 1st. WTTW Chicago Tonight's Amanda Vinicky joins the panel.

State Week: Illinois Enters Phase 4

This Friday marked Illinois moving to Phase 4 of Governor J.B. Pritzker's Restore Illinois plan, along with guidelines for in-person school attendance in the Fall. However, the governor says that the threat of COVID-19 remains and that restrictions could be tightened again if there is a resurgence of the disease. Greg Hinz of Crain's Chicago Business joins the panel.

State Week: Illinois Inches Toward Next Phase Of Reopening

As the state gets closer to the Phase 4 stage of Governor Pritzker's Restore Illinois plan, there are still concerns over the possibility of a surge in COVID-19 cases along with calls to speed up the process. Also, the state is making it easier to vote by mail for the upcoming election.

State Week: Call For Police Reforms Gaining Traction

In the midst of nationwide protests and demands for police reforms, Governor J.B. Pritzker and Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot expressed their support for possibly requiring police officers to be licensed by the state. Also, as Illinois continues to see a decrease in COVID-19 metrics in Phase 3 of the Restore Illinois plan, other states are seeing a significant spike in cases and deaths. Meanwhile, Governor Pritzker signed off on an uncertain state budget. WBEZ's Tony Arnold joins the panel this

State Week: Protestors Take To The Streets Throughout Illinois

Protests and in some cities looting and destruction the past week in the wake of the death of George Floyd at the hands of police have taken place nationwide and in Illinois. On this week's program, a discussion of the causes and consequences, and the reactions of the Governor and the Mayor of Chicago. The Chicago Sun Times ' Maudlyne Ihejirika joins the panel.

State Week: Illinois Enters Phase Three; What About Lawmaker Pay Raises?

As Illinois enters Phase Three of "Restore Illinois", Governor Pritzker is responding to criticism and lawsuits surrounding his re-opening plan. Meanwhile, the Illinois General Assembly wrapped up its short special legislative session last weekend after passing a state budget. The panel also discusses a controversy over whether or not lawmakers will see their pay go up. Capitol News Illinois' Rebecca Anzel joins the panel.

State Week: Illinois Enters Phase Three; What About Lawmaker Pay Raises?

State Week: Lawmakers Meet During the Pandemic

The Illinois legislature gathered in Springfield for the first time in weeks for a short special session. Among the issues facing lawmakers are further responses to the pandemic, rules for voting this November, and the state budget.

State Week: Pushback On Governor's Reopening Plan

Governor J.B. Pritzker's "Restore Illinois" plan to slowly re-open the state's economy is facing resistance from several quarters. Meanwhile, the Illinois Legislature is preparing for an abbreviated session in Springfield next week. Mark Maxwell, Capitol Bureau Chief for WCIA-TV, joins the panel.

State Week: Governor Pritzker's Plan To Reopen Illinois

This week, Governor J.B. Pritzer announced a plan to re-open the state in stages and by region, depending on continued progress in limiting the spread of the new coronavirus. Capitol News Illinois' Rebecca Anzel and reporter Bill Wheelhouse join the panel. Topics this week include how the governor's plan was received and what it means for residents and businesses. We'll also hear about a group of Illinois Democrats who want more information about personal protective equipment going to nursing

State Week: Lawsuits Filed Over Stay-At-Home Extension

Governor J.B. Pritzker is extending his "Stay-at-Home" order for another month in the face of lawsuits and complaints that he has exceeded his authority. Joining the panel this week is Greg Hinz, a columnist writing about government and politics for Crain's Chicago Business . The panel talks about the legal challenges to the governor's order, when and how the Illinois legislature might reconvene and a big borrowing package being pushed by the Pritzker Administration.

Back To Top