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State Week has been produced by WUIS since January 1975, created by original WUIS News Director Rich Bradley when the station went on the air. It is the longest running public affairs program on WUIS and was patterned after the popular PBS show Washington Week in Review.WUIS Executive Editor and former Statehouse Bureau Chief Bill Wheelhouse moderates the program. He is joined by a regular panel consisting of Charles Wheeler, Director of the Public Affair Reporting Program at UIS, WUIS News Director Sean Crawford, and WUIS Statehouse Chief Amanda Vinicky. This regular panel is joined by one or two guest journalists each week to analyze and comment on the top news stories of the week in Illinois state government and politics.State Week is broadcast every week on WUIS Fridays at 12:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. and on Saturdays at 6:30 a.m. It is made available to all public radio stations in Illinois and is also available as a podcast.Subscribe to podcast via iTunes - State WeekListen online via iTunes - State Week archivesListen on-demand below.

State Week: Illinois Democrats Choose New Party Chair

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On this episode, we discuss Congresswoman Robin Kelly, who becomes the new Illinois Democratic Party Chair, replacing Michael Madigan.  Gov. J.B. Pritzker supported her opponent and some view Kelly's ascension as a defeat for the governor.  

Republican Congressman Adam Kinzinger has been outspoken about his own party.  It appears he'll face a primary challenge.  We discuss his political future.  

And Illinois continues to fall behind when it comes to its pension obligations.  We discuss it all on State Week. 

Greg Hinz with Crain's Chicago Business joins the panel.  

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