State Week

By Randy.Eccles

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

Episode Date
State Week: Clock's Running Down On 2019 Session
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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.
May 17, 2019
State Week: $1.5bn surprise, Cannabis Language, Doubling Gas Tax, Broken DCFS
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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.
May 10, 2019
State Week: Graduated Income Tax Clears First Hurdle
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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, sports betting, a capital construction program and more.
May 03, 2019
State Week: Legislature's Ethics Watchdog 'Powerless'; Pritzker Reportedly Under Investigation
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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.
Apr 26, 2019
State Week: Pensions, Population, and Pot
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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.
Apr 19, 2019
State Week: Lightfoot In Springfield; Graduated Income Tax On The March
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Chicago Mayor-elect Lori Lightfoot spends two days meeting with Illinois lawmakers. How much of her agenda runs through Springfield? Meanwhile, Democrats began moving on a centerpiece of Gov. J.B. Pritzker's agenda: a constitutional amendment that would pave the way for a graduated income tax.
Apr 12, 2019
State Week: Lightfoot Elected Chicago Mayor
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Lori Lightfoot was elected mayor of Chicago this week, trouncing Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle. How’d she win? What’s her agenda? And what kind of city council will she have to work with?
Apr 05, 2019
State Week: Yet Another State Trooper Killed At Side Of Highway
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This week, rallies at the statehouse over gun rights and abortion; still more questions about legalized sports betting; and despite the launch of a new awreness campaign, another State Trooper killed by a semi-trailer on the highway.
Mar 29, 2019
State Week: Where Things Stand At Mid-Session
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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.
Mar 22, 2019
State Week: Tobacco 21, Gender Pay Gap, Pritzker's Tax Proposals
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The Illinois General Assembly was busy this week, passing legislation intended to fight gender pay inequity, teach LGBT history, and raise the age to purchase tobacco products from 18 to 21. The panel also discusses NPR Illinois' recent series examining Gov. J.B. Pritzker's proposed tax increases and expansions.
Mar 15, 2019
State Week: Pritzker Unveils New Tax Plan, Schock Cuts Deal To Drop Charges
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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.
Mar 08, 2019
State Week: Lightfoot, Preckwinkle Win Chicago Mayoral Primary
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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.
Mar 01, 2019
State Week: Pritzker's Budget Calls For New Taxes, Higher Spending, Pension Holiday
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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.
Feb 22, 2019
State Week: Minimum Wage Going Up, Pension Payments Going Down
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Democrats in the Illinois House approved an increase in the state minimum wage. Assuming Gov. J.B. Pritzker signs the legislation — he's said he will — the rate will gradually climb to $15 perhour in the year 2025;
Feb 15, 2019
State Week: Minimum Wage Bill On Fast Track
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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.
Feb 08, 2019
State Week: Speaker Madigan On FBI Wiretap
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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.
Feb 01, 2019
State Week: Pritzker Checking Boxes For Progressives
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Gov. J.B. Pritzker spent his second week in office taking actions to signal his support of progressive causes.
Jan 25, 2019
State Week: A New Administration
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This week, J.B. Pritzker was sworn in as Illinois' new governor, promising a progressive agenda.
Jan 18, 2019
State Week: Readying For A New Governor
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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.
Jan 11, 2019
State Week: Ald. Burke Arrested, Legislative Session Preview
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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?
Jan 04, 2019