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State Week: Quincy Vets' Home, Rauner Dives Into Dem Primary, AG Field Stays Crowded

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Brian Mackey
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Gov. Bruce Rauner wrapped up his stay at the Illinois Veterans Home in Quincy, where 13 people have died from Legionnaires' Disease since 2015. It came a day after a legislative hearing at which members of the Rauner administration defended their response to outbreaks.

The panel also analyzes Rauner's campaign ad attacking Democratic candidate for governor J.B. Pritzker over a conversation he had with then-Gov. Rod Blagojevich; Rep. Jeannie Ives — Rauner's Republican primary opponent — winning of a straw poll in Chicago; and the smallest possible share of the vote with which someone could win the eight-way Democratic primary for attorney general (spoiler: just over 12.5 percent).

Sean Crawford hosts with regular panelists Charlie Wheeler and Brian Mackey, and guest Dave Dahl of WTAX-AM.

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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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