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State Week: Pritzker Checking Boxes For Progressives

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Brian Mackey
NPR Illinois

Gov. J.B. Pritzker spent his second week in office taking actions to signal his support of progressive causes.

He signed executive orders demanding reviews — of state health insurance plans to ensure access to abortion, and of state spending on immigrant welcome centers — and joining the U.S. Climate Alliance.

Pritzker also appeared with state Treasurer Michael Frerichs to announce a plan to help furloughed federal workers in Illinois. (Note that this week's episode of State Week was recorded just before President Trump announced he would temporarily re-open the government.)

The panel also discusses the latest death from Legionnaire's Disease at an Illinois veterans' home — this time in Manteno.

Sean Crawford hosts with regular panelists Charlie Wheeler, Brian Mackey and Daisy Contreras, and guest John O’Connor of The Associated Press.

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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