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State Week: Can't They Agree On Anything?

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Brian Mackey
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Gov. Bruce Rauner stumped across Illinois to drum up support for education funding — K-12 education finding, at least. College students, particularly from low-income backgrounds, have no such luck.

The governor says he'd only support funding the state grants promised to thousands of poor students if legislators first approve his proposal to ease procurement rules — the same procurement rules that Democrats point out were put in place in the wake of the Blagojevich scandals.

Meanwhile, House Speaker Michael Madigan is campaigning for reelection as though his political career depends on it. Reporter Tony Arnold joins the panel from WBEZ public radio in Chicago.

Brian Mackey formerly reported on state government and politics for NPR Illinois and a dozen other public radio stations across the state. Before that, he was A&E editor at The State Journal-Register and Statehouse bureau chief for the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin.
Amanda Vinicky moved to Chicago Tonight on WTTW-TV PBS in 2017.
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.
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