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State Week: Chicago Wants Help From Springfield, Road Money To Begin Flowing, Veto Session Preview

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Brian Mackey
NPR Illinois

Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot proposed a budget this week. The city's path to greater financial health runs through Springfield, but will the General Assembly come through?

Plus Gov. J.B. Pritzker announced billions in construction spending. He also warned of billions in future deficits — at least that what his budget office sees for Illinois if voters do not approve a constitutional amendment that would allow for a graduated income tax.

And the panel previews what’s likely to happen in next week’s veto session — and several big-ticket items that likely will not.

Sean Crawford hosts with regular panelists Charlie Wheeler and Brian Mackey, and guests Heather Cherone of The Daily Line and Doug Finke of GateHouse Media and The State Journal-Register.

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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