Statewide: Downstate Dealmakers; A Conversation With Gov. Pritzker; Posthumous Pardon

Jan 17, 2019

This week on Statewide, we take a look at government now and in the past. 

The new governor, J.B. Pritzker, talks about some of the issues facing the state like criminal justice, higher education, taxes and ethics.   

Pritzker is from Chicago.  Most of the state's top leaders make that area their home.  But there was a time when some downstate politicians carried significant weight in the legislature.   We'll talk about that bygone era of downstate dealmakers.

On this episode:

* Sam Dunklau reports on the state's first posthumous exonertation.  Grover Thompson was wrongly convicted and died in prison. The former governor Bruce Rauner delivered some belated justice before leaving office.  

* Brian Mackey sits down with the new governor, J.B. Pritzker, to talk about his agenda and the state's problems. 

* Sean Crawford interviews Robert Hartley, author of The Dealmakers of Downstate Illinois: Paul Powell, Clyde Choate and John Stelle.  

* Jaclyn Driscoll talks with U of I crop scientist Chance Riggins about differences and similarities between industrial hemp and marijuana.  

* Maureen McKinney has our Illinois Issues report -- looking at the possible link between opioid addiction and suicide.


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