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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: 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.  

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