State Week

Fridays 12:30-1 p.m., 7:30-8 p.m.; Saturdays 6:30-7 a.m.

State Week has been produced by NPR Illinois since January 1975, created by original WSSR News Director Rich Bradley when the station went on the air. It is the longest running public affairs program on NPR Illinois and was patterned after the popular PBS show Washington Week in Review.

Sean Crawfordthe NPR Illinois News Director and former Statehouse Bureau Chief, moderates the program.  He is joined by a regular panel consisting of Charlie Wheeler, retired director of the Public Affairs Reporting Program at UIS, and reporters from throughout Illinois. The program provides analysis and commentary on the top news stories of the week in Illinois state government and politics.

State Week is made available to all public radio stations in Illinois and is also available as a podcast.

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Brian Mackey / NPR Illinois | 91.9 UIS

A recap of the end of the just-completed Spring Legislative Session.

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Brian Mackey / NPR Illinois | 91.9 UIS

As the Spring Session nears its end, the House and Senate agree on a state spending plan, but a decision on keeping the state income tax at its current level will probably be held off until after November.   Also, House Speaker Madigan suggests divorcing the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum from the Illinois State Historic Preservation Agency.

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Brian Mackey / NPR Illinois | 91.9 UIS

No agreement so far on a state budget, while debate continues on whether or not to make the temporary state income tax permanent.

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Brian Mackey / NPR Illinois | 91.9 UIS

This week the Illinois House passed a spending bill that surpasses projected state revenues, leading to more debate over allowing the temporary income tax to expire.  Also, judicial action has put the state's pension overhaul on hold.

Listen To State Week - May 9, 2014

May 10, 2014
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Brian Mackey / NPR Illinois | 91.9 UIS

Getting attention is a plan to change  school funding that  would shift a larger share of the state funding to poorer school districts.  And scrutiny of Governor Pat Quinn's Neighborhood Recovery Initiative continues.

Listen To State Week - May 2, 2014

May 2, 2014
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Brian Mackey / NPR Illinois | 91.9 UIS

  The panel discusses several investigations into Governor Pat Quinn's administration and allegations of corruption, also a couple ballot initiatives - one on term limits and another regarding redistricting.

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Brian Mackey / NPR Illinois

House Speaker Michael Madigan is elected to a 5th term as Chairman of the Illinois Democratic party and more allegations are being made that patronage plays a factor in hiring decisions at the Illinois Department of Transportation.

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Brian Mackey / NPR Illinois | 91.9 UIS

This week, the legislature works to bring the proposed Barack Obama presidential library and museum to Chicago, more information on corruption charges leveled against lawmaker Derrick Smith, and the debate over charter schools currently taking place at the Statehouse.

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Brian Mackey / NPR Illinois | 91.9 UIS

This week, a discussion of a pair of constitutional amendments on the ballot this fall, the city of Chicago gets a pension overhaul, and Gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner deals with an unwelcome endorsement.

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Brian Mackey / NPR Illinois | 91.9 UIS

This week, a proposal for a state constitutional amendment on voting rights, a proposal for a graduated tax rate, and suggestions for a pension change for the city of Chicago.

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Brian Mackey / NPR Illinois | 91.9 UIS

This week, Governor Quinn's proposed state budget.

This week, a discussion of Tuesday's election results.

More discussion of the upcoming primary elections.

This week, more discussion of the upcoming primary elections, gun rights activists press for fewer restrictions, and differences of opinion in the state legislature over next year's budget.

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Brian Mackey / NPR Illinois | 91.9 UIS

This week, money and the run-up to the Republican gubernatorial primary.  Also, a scathing audit result for a state anti-violence program.

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Brian Mackey / NPR Illinois | 91.9 UIS

This week, the latest news from the candidates vying for the Republican nomination in the next Governor's race.

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Brian Mackey / NPR Illinois | 91.9 UIS

This week, further discussion of the candidates vying for the Republican Gubernatorial nomination.

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Brian Mackey / NPR Illinois | 91.9 UIS

Among the topics this week: State Treasurer Dan Rutherford denies allegations of sexual harassment and Governor Pat Quinn moves the annual Budget Address to late March.

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Brian Mackey / NPR Illinois | 91.9 UIS

This week, a discussion of Governor Pat Quinn's State of the State address.

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Brian Mackey / NPR Illinois | 91.9 UIS

This week, a discussion of Thursday's debate in Peoria among the hopefuls to be the Republican candidate in the upcoming governor's race.

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Brian Mackey / NPR Illinois | 91.9 UIS

Among this week's topics: Republican Gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner's statements on whether or not he used his clout to get his daughter into an elite school, Tio Hardiman's challenge to Governor Pat Quinn as the possible Democratic candidate for governor, and also new political endorsements from Illinois unions.

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Brian Mackey / NPR Illinois | 91.9 UIS

This week's topics include how the debate over the state's minimum wage may affect the Republican candidates for Governor, and calls for a change of leadership at the state's Department of Corrections.

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Brian Mackey / NPR Illinois | 91.9 UIS

This week's topics include the state's system for accepting Concealed-Carry applications, the many lawsuits filed against the recent law changing the state's pension system, and a look back at some top stories from 2013.

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Brian Mackey / NPR Illinois | 91.9 UIS

This week, an overview of some of the top stories from the past year.

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Brian Mackey / NPR Illinois | 91.9 UIS

This week's topics include Governor Quinn's agreement with AFSCME on how to cull Medicaid rolls, a change to how the state will accept concealed carry applications, and Archer Daniel Midland's decision to keep its corporate HQ in Illinois.

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Brian Mackey / NPR Illinois | 91.9 UIS

This week, among the topics of discussion: corporate tax incentives, interest on state bonds, and more on state pensions.

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Brian Mackey / NPR Illinois | 91.9 UIS

This week, a discussion of the changes made to the state's pension system.

WUIS State Week host, Bill Wheelhouse, guests on the latest CapitolView regarding the pension reform passed in Illinois.

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Brian Mackey / NPR Illinois | 91.9 UIS

This week, the candidate filing deadline for the gubernatorial primaries, and legislative leaders' plan to solve the state's pension crisis.

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Brian Mackey / NPR Illinois

This week, same-sex marriage legislation signed into law, the prospects for resolving the state pension crisis in a December special session, and gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner's success in raising campaign funds.

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