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

State Week

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

Most Recent Episodes

State Week: Should Illinois Be Worried About Census 2020?

Illinois is investing $29 million to try to get an accurate count in the 2020 Census. On the line are two seats in Congress and the Electoral College.

State Week: Illinois' New 'Progressive' Abortion Law

Gov. J.B. Pritzker this week signed a bill to make what he and activists say is the most progressive abortion-rights law in the country . But could Democrats risk a backlash by going too far? And what are they targeting next ?

State Week: 2019 Session Recap

The Illinois General Assembly ended its spring legislative session last weekend, passing what some are calling the most productive session in a generation.

State Week: End Of The Spring Session

Note: The show was taped during the noon hour on Friday, while debate and negotiations at the Statehouse were still ongoing. On the final day of the Regular Legislative Session, lawmakers continued to work on finalizing the state budget, along with votes still to come on a constitutional amendment to switch Illinois to a graduated income tax, legalization of marijuana, expansion of gambling, and abortion legislation. WTTW's Amanda Vinicky joins the panel.

State Week: Crunch Time on Taxes, Budget, Infrastructure, Gambling, Cannabis ...

The Illinois General Assembly has just one week left in its spring legislative session, and the number of outstanding issues are beginning to pile up. A graduated income tax constitutional amendment seems to be on track, but lawmakers are still hashing out details — and rounding up votes — on crafting state budget, funding an infrastructure program, legalizing marijuana, and expanding gambling.

State Week: Crunch Time on Taxes, Budget, Infrastructure, Gambling, Cannabis ...

State Week: Clock's Running Down On 2019 Session

Republicans are trying to get back in on next year's budget negotiations. Meanwhile, as red states compete to place more and more restrictins on abortion, activists want Illinois to move the other way.

State Week: $1.5bn surprise, Cannabis Language, Doubling Gas Tax, Broken DCFS

Illinois gets an April surprise — $1.5 billion in unexpected revenue — as lawmakers debate what the windfall means. The public also got its first look at the long-anticipated language in a proposal that would legalize marijuana for recreational use. Meanwhile, an audit found that child abuse and neglect investigations suffered during the budget impasse of 2015-17, and lawmakers advanced legislation that would more than double the gas tax in order to pay for infrastructure building and repair.

State Week: $1.5bn surprise, Cannabis Language, Doubling Gas Tax, Broken DCFS

State Week: Graduated Income Tax Clears First Hurdle

Listen to a special State Week , recorded in front of an audience at the Lincoln-Herndon Law Offices state historic site in downtown Springfield. Host Sean Crawford , along with regular panel members Brian Mackey , Daisy Contreras and Charlie Wheeler , are joined by guest Hannah Meisel of The Daily Line . The discussion focused on the governor's push for a graduated income tax and Senate Democrats pushing it through that chamber. You'll also hear about prospects for recreational marijuana,

State Week: Legislature's Ethics Watchdog 'Powerless'; Pritzker Reportedly Under Investigation

Illinois' former legislative inspector general went public this week with a complaint that one of her reports was buried. She says the office is desperately in need of reform , and absent that, is effectively powerless. Meanwhile, WBEZ-FM is reporting Gov. J.B. and First Lady M.K. Pritzker are under federal investigation for removing toilets from a mansion in order to lower their property tax bill.

State Week: Legislature's Ethics Watchdog 'Powerless'; Pritzker Reportedly Under Investigation

State Week: Pensions, Population, and Pot

Even though it's the legislative spring break, there are several issues still to be negotiated, including a potential construction program funded with a gasoline tax, legalization of recreational marijuna, dealing with the state's growing pension debt, and what to do about a declining population.

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