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State Week: Energy Recap; Vaccine Mandates

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Brian Mackey

The Illinois Senate approved the state's new energy proposal and the governor quickly signed it into law. It saves a pair of nuclear plants, and the jobs and tax base they provide, along with placing Illinois on a path to a renewable energy future. It also shined light on how the leaders of the state can work through complicated issues to reach a deal.

Our panel also discusses the current situation with COVID-19, as a vaccine mandate is set to take effect.

Host Sean Crawford is joined by Charlie Wheeler, Hannah Meisel and guest Dan Petrella of the Chicago Tribune.

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.
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.
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