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State Week: Live Doesn't Mean Spontaneous

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Brian Mackey
NPR Illinois

Gov. Bruce Rauner stuck to his script during his Facebook Live event. He also denies that his legislative agenda is "hurting some class."

The Rauner administration is also touting what it says is the success of merit pay at the Illinois Lottery, but does that mean it'll work across government? Meanwhile, the Illinois Supreme Court is getting a new chief justice, and more details surface about the recent abrupt resignation of Rep. Ron Sandack.

Brian Mackey hosts with regular panelist Charlie Wheeler and guests Jordan Abudayyeh of NewsChannel 20 (WICS-TV Springfield) and Dan Petrella of Lee Enterprises, which publishes the (Decatur) Herald & Review, The (Bloomington) Pantagraph, The Southern Illinoisan, and the Quad City Times.

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.
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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