State Week An analysis of the week in Illinois politics and government from the NPR Illinois Statehouse bureau.
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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: Where Things Stand At Mid-Session

Among the subjects discussed this week: medical and recreational marijuana, an anti-abortion rally at the capitol building, Illinois' teacher shortage, and legalizing sports gambling.

State Week: Pritzker Unveils New Tax Plan, Schock Cuts Deal To Drop Charges

Gov. J.B. Pritzker has finally revealed a few details about his plans to change the Illinois income tax. He's asking the General Assembly and voters to approve a constitutional amendment making the flat tax into one that's graduated, where the wealthy pay higher rates.

State Week: Pritzker Unveils New Tax Plan, Schock Cuts Deal To Drop Charges

State Week: Lightfoot, Preckwinkle Win Chicago Mayoral Primary

A night of surprises as ( a few ) Chicago voters narrow the field of candidates for mayor: former prosecutor and police reformer Lori Lightfoot gets the most votes, and will face Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle in the April runoff election.

State Week: Pritzker's Budget Calls For New Taxes, Higher Spending, Pension Holiday

Gov. J.B. Pritzker's first budget proposal is calling for new taxes, more spending, and a series of moves around state pensions. But that's all a placeholder as he begins a push to change Illinois' flat income tax to one where the wealthy pay more. We'll analyze what he said, what he didn't say, and what's next for Illinois' ailing finances.

State Week: Pritzker's Budget Calls For New Taxes, Higher Spending, Pension Holiday

State Week: Minimum Wage Going Up, Pension Payments Going Down

Democrats in the Illinois House approved an increase in the state minimum wage. Assuming Gov. J.B. Pritzker sings the legislation — he's said he will — the rate will gradually climb to $15 perhour in the year 2025;

State Week: Minimum Wage Bill On Fast Track

The Illinois Senate fast-tracked legislation that would gradually raise Illinois' minimum wage, eventually reaching $15 per hour in the year 2025. Gov. J.B. Pritzker is eager to quickly fulfil a campaign promise; will the Illinois House cooperate and send him the bill as-is? Meanwhile, the Pritzker administration is painting a bleak picture of state finances ahead of the governor's budget address later this month.

State Week: Speaker Madigan On FBI Wiretap

The Chicago Sun-Times reported this week that House Speaker Michael Madigan was recorded pitching his private legal services to someone wearing a wire for the federal government. It took place several years ago and the speaker has not been accused of wrongdoing. It came as part of the investigation into the activities of Chicago Ald. Danny Solis, whose cooperation already led to corruption charges against Chicago Ald. Ed Burke.

State Week: Pritzker Checking Boxes For Progressives

Gov. J.B. Pritzker spent his second week in office taking actions to signal his support of progressive causes.

State Week: A New Administration

This week, J.B. Pritzger was sworn in as Illinois' new governor, promising a progressive agenda.

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.

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