State Week

Fridays at 12:30-1 PM, 7:30-8 PM, Saturdays 6:30-7 AM

State Week has been produced by NPR Illinois since January 1975, created by original WSSR News Director Rich Bradley when the station went on the air. It is the longest running public affairs program on NPR Illinois and was patterned after the popular PBS show Washington Week in Review.

Sean Crawford moderates the program.  He is joined by a regular panel consisting of Charlie Wheeler, director of the Public Affairs Reporting Program at UIS, and NPR Illinois Statehouse reporter Brian Mackey. 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 made available to all public radio stations in Illinois and is also available as a podcast.

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This week, among the topics of discussion: corporate tax incentives, interest on state bonds, and more on state pensions.

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This week, a discussion of the changes made to the state's pension system.

WUIS State Week host, Bill Wheelhouse, guests on the latest CapitolView regarding the pension reform passed in Illinois.

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This week, the candidate filing deadline for the gubernatorial primaries, and legislative leaders' plan to solve the state's pension crisis.

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Brian Mackey / NPR Illinois | 91.9 UIS

This week, same-sex marriage legislation signed into law, the prospects for resolving the state pension crisis in a December special session, and gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner's success in raising campaign funds.

Listen To State Week - November 15, 2013

Nov 19, 2013
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Brian Mackey / NPR Illinois | 91.9 UIS

More on Paul Vallas, the other gubernatorial candidates, a possible legislative session in December, and same sex marriages

Listen To State Week - November 8, 2013

Nov 9, 2013
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Brian Mackey / NPR Illinois | 91.9 UIS

This week’s House debate on same-sex marriage & Governor Quinn selects Paul Vallas as his running mate. 

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Brian Mackey / NPR Illinois | 91.9 UIS

This week, an overview of the Fall Veto Session so far, the possibility of tax breaks for Archer Daniels Midland, and the dustup between House Speaker Madigan and the Better Government Association.

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Brian Mackey / NPR Illinois | 91.9 UIS

This week, a discussion of the first half of the Fall Veto Session.

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Brian Mackey / NPR Illinois | 91.9 UIS

On this edition of State Week in Review, our panel previews the upcoming fall session of the Illinois General Assembly.  From pensions to same sex marriage to gun crime sentencing, we discuss what may or may not occur. 

Also, the impact of the federal shutdown on state government.   Our guest this week is Gatehouse Media's Doug Finke.

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Brian Mackey / NPR Illinois | 91.9 UIS

This week's topics include gubernatorial hopeful Bruce Rauner's choice for his Lt. Governor running mate, the state deal with Amtrak to keep shorter-run rail lines running, and new license requirements for all-terrain-vehicles.

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Brian Mackey / NPR Illinois | 91.9 UIS

This week's topics include the rollout of the Affordable Care Act in Illinois, how the Federal Shutdown is affecting the state, and the debate over tax breaks for Archer Daniels Midland and other companies.

This week's topics include a court decision preventing Governor Quinn from blocking Illinois lawmakers' pay, the Illinois Democratic Party's official endorsement of Pat Quinn in the next gubernatorial race, and new reports indicating that conditions in the state's juvenile detention facilities are not improving.

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Brian Mackey / NPR Illinois | 91.9 UIS

This week's topics include Bill Daley's decision to drop out of the Democratic Primary for Illinois Governor, legal arguments over Governor Quinn's suspension of lawmakers' pay, and debate before the Illinois Supreme Court on the legality of changing retirees' health care.

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Brian Mackey / NPR Illinois | 91.9 UIS

This week's topics include Democratic Party choices for endorsement of a Governor candidate, Secretary of State Jesse White announces he'll seek re-election, and the controversy over Capitol Building renovations continues.

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Brian Mackey / NPR Illinois | 91.9 UIS

This week's topics include the next Governors race and some questions about the cost of renovating the State Capitol Building.

Reps. Jim Durkin and Raymond Poe
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Topics this week: Leadership change for Illinois House Republicans and a state lawmaker forgoes a bid for governor in the next election.

This week's guest is Kurt Erickson of Lee Enterprises.

Jim Durkin, Dwight Kay, Raymond Poe
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The topics on this edition of State Week in Review include Republican Tom Cross' announcement that he is stepping down from the position of House Minority Leader and raising the speed limit for Illinois interstate highways.

This week's panel consists of Sean Crawford, Charlie Wheeler, Amanda Vinicky, and Brian Mackey.

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