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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: Lawmakers Push For Answers About Deadly Veterans Home Outbreak


On this epsiode, our panel reviews hearings into the LaSalle Veterans Home and the COVID-19 outbreak that killed 36 residents last fall. 

A top aide to Gov. Pritzker told lawmakers this week she was misled by officials at the home and the Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs.

“I was not aware that polices and protocols were not being followed,” Deputy Gov. Sol Flores said. “We were told that they were being followed.”

Republicans were quick to point the finger at the Pritzker Adminsitration for failing to make site visits and ensure proper actions were taken. 

We also talk about the move closer to a full reopening of the economy and what decisions still need to be made before a new state budget is complete.

Tony Arnold with WBEZ joins us. 

Listen to the discussion.  


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