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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: Budget And More On The Table As Adjournment Nears


Illinois lawmakers and the governor have a busy few days ahead as May 31 is the scheduled end of the spring legislative session.  Along with a new spending plan for the next fiscal year, other key issues remain unresolved.

The once-a-decade redistrticting process is underway, but a new map has yet to be made public.  And Exelon, parent company of Commonwealth Edison, wants more subsidies.  The company has threatened to close additional nuclear plants, with layoffs, unless the state can pony up. 

And we discuss how Illinois congressman voted on a plan to create a bi-partisan commission to investigate the Jan. 6 insurrection.

Rick Pearson, Chief Political Reporter for the Chicago Tribune, joins the panel.  

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