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State Week: Chasing Amazon, Bonding Debt

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Brian Mackey
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NPR Illinois

Chicago and Illinois submit their joint bid for Amazon's "HQ2" — a second headquarters for the web retailer. We'll talk about the incentives arms race, Illinois' strengths and weaknesses, and the secret bid.

Meanwhile, Illinois has begun issuing bonds to more quickly pay off money owed to vendors, and at a lower interest rate. We'll also highlight a few of the issues that are expected to come up when the General Assembly returns to Springfield for veto session, which is scheduled to begin October 24.

Sean Crawford hosts with regular panelists Charlie Wheeler and Brian Mackey, and guest Matt Dietrich of the Better Government Association.

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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