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State Week: Put It On My Card

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Brian Mackey
NPR Illinois

Comptroller Leslie Munger says Illinois is spending itself into what could be a $10 billion dollar pile of unpaid bills by the end of the year. On top of that, an nonpartisan state budget forecaster is predicting an $8 billion dollar deficit for this year alone.

Plus, high school students won't be taking the PARCC test this year, the governor forms an education funding task force (on top of that other one, and that other other one). And we'll preview why Illinois' top Republicans are not looking forward to their party's national convention next week in Cleveland.

Sean Crawford hosts with regular panelist Brian Mackey. They're joined by guests Chris Mooney of the Institute of Government & Public Affairs at the University of Illinois, Dusty Rhodes of the NPR Illinois Education Desk, Mike Riopell, political editor of the Daily Herald.


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.
After a long career in newspapers (Dallas Observer, The Dallas Morning News, Anchorage Daily News, Illinois Times), Dusty returned to school to get a master's degree in multimedia journalism. She began work as Education Desk reporter at NPR Illinois in September 2014.
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