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

State Week

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

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State Week: Takeaways from the primary

What does the primary tell us about the state of politics in Illinois?

State Week: What the abortion ruling means in Illinois

The court decision overturning Roe v. Wade won't stop abortions in the state. It remains legal in Illinois. But abortion rights supporters are eyeing additional moves to protect access.

State Week: Trump's influence in Illinois GOP politics

The former president will appear in western Illinois at a rally for Congresswoman Mary Miller. It's likely to give her campaign a boost. Will Trump also make an endorsement in the governor's race?

State Week: Polls show Bailey in front as Irvin changes strategy

Republican State Senator Darren Bailey has moved ahead in recent polling in his effort to gain his party's gubernatorial nomination

State Week: GOP candidates for governor debate; Troubles at DCFS

There was another debate this week in the race to be the Republican nominee for governor. But this marked the first time all candidates participated. Aurora Mayor Richard Irvin was the target of most attacks from his rivals as the election inches closer.We also discuss new reporting from the Better Government Association into the state's child welfare agency.

State Week: Policy makers talk about guns after the latest school shooting

The tragedy in Uvalde, Texas this week shook the nation and once again thrust the issue of guns into the campaign spotlight. While Illinois has more restrictive gun laws than many states, politicians in both parties are weighing in on what they say is needed to prevent mass shootings. Not surprisingly, there is plenty of disagreement.

State Week: Policy makers talk about guns after the latest school shooting

State Week: Early voting and negative campaigns

Early voting kicked off in many parts of Illinois this week. Meanwhile, the campaigns have stepped up their efforts, especially in the race for the Republican gubernatorial nomination.

State Week: DCFS Audit; Update on Republican primary for governor

Another week and another audit critical of a state agency. This time it focused on the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services. The audit found continuing problems at DCFS. Also, the GOP gubernatorial hopeful Richard Irvin held a news conference this week. But he didn't like the questions from reporters.

State Week: With elections looming, abortion takes center stage

When a leaked draft copy of a U.S. Supreme Court opinion became public this week, it created a firestorm. The long standing decision in Roe v. Wade, which ensured the right to an abortion, is apparently close to being overturned. What does that mean for Illinois, which has some of the more progressive abortion access laws in the country? And will it be the issue most on voters' minds?

State Week: Two months until the primary

Illinois voters will have a new experience this year. The primary election has been moved until late June. Races are starting to heat up. But is the public paying attention?