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State Week: Pritzker Transition, $15 Minimum Wage, Illinois Bicentennial

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Brian Mackey
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Gov.-elect J.B. Pritzker announced his ninth and tenth transition committees this week, including one on business issues and economic development. He also reiterated his committment to raising Illinois' hourly minimum wage to $15.

Meanwhile, Gov. Bruce Rauner says he's working cooperatively with the Pritzker team to ensure a smooth transition of power — and contrasts that with what he says was a less-than-acommodating handoff from his predecessor.

Beyond that: Illinois turned 200, Pritzker's victory set another record, and we remember veteran Statehouse newsman Burnell Heinecke.

Brian Mackey hosts with regular panelists Charlie Wheeler and Daisy Contreras, and guest Tony Arnold of Chicago public radio station WBEZ.

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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