Statewide: With Democrats Taking Control Of State Government, Republicans Reflect

Jan 10, 2019

A new Illinois governor will be sworn in Monday.  When Democrat J.B. Pritzker assumes the role, his party will be in charge of the state in a way not seen in decades.   Democrats gained more seats in the General Assembly during the fall election and Republicans are mired in the super-minority in both chambers.  

This week on Statewide:

* Sean Crawford talks with Brian Mackey about the Pritzker Agenda.  Brian went through speeches, debates, websites and other material to create a scorecard for the incoming governor and find out his priorities. 

* Former Rep. Jeanne Ives (R-Wheaton) officially left office Wednesday.  Instead of running for a second term, she chose to make an unsuccessful bid for governor against fellow Republican and incumbent Bruce Rauner.  She spoke with Jaclyn Driscoll about the problems she sees in government and her future as a  conservative firebrand.

* Governor Bruce Rauner gave a farewell news conference this week at the statehouse.  He laid out his accomplishments and also what he thinks the GOP needs to do to remain viable in Illinois.

* Rauner's lieutenant governor Evelyn Sanguinetti was the first Latina in the country to hold the position. On her way out of office, she sat down with Daisy Contreras. 

* Michelle O'Neill of WVIK reports on the city of Rock Island's role in the upcoming NFL draft.

* Madelyn Beck with Harvest Public Media examines how farmers are coping with the U.S.-China trade dispute.

* Christine Herman of Side Effects Public Media talks with a U of I law professor about the the debate over women being given pelvic exams in teaching hospitals, often while under anesthesia and without consent.

*  Dusty Rhodes interviews Mark Salisbury about his tool TuitionFit that can help navigate financial decisions for college students and their families.

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