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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: Optimism Building Amid Vaccine Ramp Up

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In a week that marked the one year anniversary of the pandemic, Gov. J.B. Pritzker said he's cautiously optimistic as more vaccines arrive.  His administration even mentioned a return to holding conventions and trade shows this summer.   

Pritzker is also pleased that a windfall will be coming to the state as part of a federal coronavirus stimulus package.   How might the state use that money?

Our panel discusses where things stand in Illinois -- on the public health front and with the state budget.  

Brenden Moore, state government reporter for Lee Enterprises, joins us.  

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