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State Week: Pritzker's Tax Rates, Madigan's Party Power, Trump's Trade War

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Brian Mackey
NPR Illinois

J.B. Pritzker is reiterating his call for a graduated income tax — and says before that, Illinois might need to raise its existing flat tax rate.

Meanwhile, House Speaker Michael Madigan reportedly has enough support to remain chairman of the Democratic Party of Illinois; a task force says it'll cost $278 million to really stop the recurring outbreaks of Legionnaires' Disease at the Illinois Veterans Home in Quincy; and President Trump’s trade war with China is hitting Illinois farmers, with Beijing imposing tariffs on two of our biggest agricultural products: soy and pork.

Brian Mackey hosts with regular panelists Charlie Wheeler and Daisy Contreras, and guest Rick Pearson of the Chicago Tribune and WGN radio’s The Sunday spin.

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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.
Daisy reported on statehouse issues for our Illinois Issues project. She's a Public Affairs Reporting program graduate from the University of Illinois Springfield. She also graduated from the Illinois Institute of Technology, and has an associates degrees from Truman College. Daisy is from Chicago where she attended Lane Tech High School.
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