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State Week: Can Republicans find a winning strategy in Illinois in 2022?

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Brian Mackey
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After months of speculation about another candidate entering the race for governor, reports are that Aurora Mayor Richard Irvin will launch a bid. It has been rumored that he has support of billionaire Ken Griffin. We talk about the chances for Irvin and a slate of other Republicans on a statewide ticket.

Also, Speaker Chris Welch has been in that role for a year, having taken over for longtime Speaker Michael Madigan. We discuss how things have changed. And there's growing criticism over the Department of Children and Family Services.

Host Sean Crawford is joined by Statehouse Editor Hannah Meisel, emeritus professor Charlie Wheeler and Gray TV's Mike Miletich.

The former director of the Public Affairs Reporting (PAR) graduate program is Professor Charles N. Wheeler III, a veteran newsman who came to the University of Illinois at Springfield following a 24-year career at the Chicago Sun-Times.
Hannah covers state government and politics for NPR Illinois and Illinois Public Radio. She's been dedicated to the statehouse beat since interning at NPR Illinois in 2014, with subsequent stops at outlets including WILL-AM/FM, Law360, The Daily Line and a temporary stint at political blog Capitol Fax before returning to the station in 2020.
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