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State Week: Redistricting Redux; Energy Talks Continue

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Brian Mackey

The Illinois General Assembly was back in Springfield for a rare late August session to tackle a couple of key issues. Democrats approved a new version of the legislative redistricting map, over objections of Republicans and various interest groups.

But an energy package that has been negotiated for months remains elusive. It would chart Illinois' energy future, focus on clean and renewable sources of electricity while phasing out coal and natural gas power plants. There is also a push to help Exelon in an attempt to stop two nuclear plants from closing.

Host Sean Crawford is joined by veteran reporter and statehouse observer Charlie Wheeler, Statehouse Editor Hannah Meisel and WCIA-TV's Capitol Bureau Chief Mark Maxwell.

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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