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State Week: Should Illinois Be Worried About Census 2020?

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Brian Mackey
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Illinois is investing $29 million to try to get an accurate count in the 2020 Census. On the line are two seats in Congress and the Electoral College.

Meanwhile, we'll take a look at how much money Illinois state colleges and universities are getting in the upcoming budget — and look at the unusual severance package the board of Western Illinois University approved for outgoing President Jack Thomas.

Finally we'll talk about the end of an era: With state Rep. Michael McAuliffe's mid-term retirement, Chicago could be without a Republican state legislator for the first time since the 1870s.

Sean Crawford hosts with regular panelists Charlie Wheeler and Brian Mackey, and guest Jerry Nowicki of Capitol News Illinois.

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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