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State Week: Madigan pleads not guilty

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Brian Mackey
NPR Illinois | 91.9 UIS

Former Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan was arraigned on bribery and racketeering charges this week. Madigan faces 22 counts. He's entered a not guilty plea. We discuss what's next for the case.

And, candidates are filing their paperwork to run for office. The filing is later than past years because the primary election has been moved to June.

Our panel includes host Sean Crawford, Statehouse Editor Hannah Meisel, Professor Emeritus Charlie Wheeler and Peter Hancock with Capitol News Illinois.

Hannah covers state government and politics for Capital News Illinois. 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 NPR Illinois in 2020 and moving to CNI in 2023.
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.
Peter Hancock | Capitol News Illinois
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