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State Week: In The Wake Of The ComEd Bribery Scheme, Lawmakers Weigh Changes


Months after a bribery scandal rocked the halls of Illinois government, there is still uncertainty over what action, if any, lawmakers will take in response. 

While the utility Commonwealth Edison admitted to providing bribes in return for help with legislation, no agreement has been reached on how far the state should go to prevent such behavior in the future. 

At the same time, ComEd's parent company Exelon has also proposed closing two nuclear power plants in the state, meaning a loss of jobs.   

And a new state budget will get a lift from federal stimulus money.  But there are also calls for adding new programs and expanding others.  

Listen to the discussion with our panel featuring guest Dan Petrella of the Chicago Tribune.  

Hannah covers state government and politics for NPR Illinois and Illinois Public Radio. She's been dedicated to the statehouse beat since interning at NPR Illinois in 2014, with subsequent stops at outlets including WILL-AM/FM, Law360, The Daily Line and a temporary stint at political blog Capitol Fax before returning to the station in 2020.
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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