State Week: Madigan Cuts Second Aide, Dems Debate, Republicans React To Racist Language

Five of the six Democrats running for governor met in Springfield for a debate. House Speaker Michael Madigan was once again a hot topic, as the speaker had earlier in the week cut ties with a second aide over allegations of harassment.

Meanwhile, Republicans were distancing themselves from their own problem candidate — one who'd used racial and anti-gay language in a conversation with Republican attorney general candidate Erika Harold.

Sean Crawford hosts with regular panelists Charlie Wheeler and Brian Mackey. This week's guest is our NPR Illinois colleague Jaclyn Driscoll.