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State Week: Education Funding, Borrowing For Bills, Pritzker-Stratton

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Brian Mackey
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NPR Illinois

The Illinois General Assembly is still weighing what to do in the wake of Gov. Bruce Rauner's veto of the Democrats' new approach  to how the state sends money to schools in  Illinois. Meanwhile, Comptroller Susana Mendoza is urging Rauner to get going on issuing bonds to begin paying down the backlog of bills.

In politics, Democratic gubernatorial candidate J.B. Pritzker has selected state Rep. Juliana Stratton of Chicago as his running mate. (He was also endorsed by the Cook County Democratic Party, but that happened after airtime.)

Brian Mackey hosts with regular panelist Charlie Wheeler and guest Natasha Korecki, who covers Illinois and writes the Illinois Playbook for Politico.

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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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