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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— STATE WEEK Q&A —

The State Week panel wants to hear your questions (about state government).

For one of our end-of-year shows, we'd like to do a Q&A segment. If there's anything you've ever wondered about Illinois government and politics — whether a current event or something historical — we want to answer your question on air.

We'd also like you to ask your question on air. There are two ways to get in touch:

  • Leave a voicemail at (217) 206-6412.
  • Record a voice memo on your smart phone and email it to brian.mackey@nprillinois.org. (Here's a helpful guide from NPR. Be sure to begin by saying who you are and where you're from, along the lines of: "Hi, I'm Brian Mackey from Springfield, and I've always wondered ...")

We hope to hear from you soon.

Listen To State Week - May 9, 2014

May 10, 2014
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Brian Mackey / NPR Illinois | 91.9 UIS

Getting attention is a plan to change  school funding that  would shift a larger share of the state funding to poorer school districts.  And scrutiny of Governor Pat Quinn's Neighborhood Recovery Initiative continues.

Listen To State Week - May 2, 2014

May 2, 2014
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Brian Mackey / NPR Illinois | 91.9 UIS

  The panel discusses several investigations into Governor Pat Quinn's administration and allegations of corruption, also a couple ballot initiatives - one on term limits and another regarding redistricting.

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Brian Mackey / NPR Illinois | 91.9 UIS

House Speaker Michael Madigan is elected to a 5th term as Chairman of the Illinois Democratic party and more allegations are being made that patronage plays a factor in hiring decisions at the Illinois Department of Transportation.

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Brian Mackey / NPR Illinois | 91.9 UIS

This week, the legislature works to bring the proposed Barack Obama presidential library and museum to Chicago, more information on corruption charges leveled against lawmaker Derrick Smith, and the debate over charter schools currently taking place at the Statehouse.

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This week, a discussion of a pair of constitutional amendments on the ballot this fall, the city of Chicago gets a pension overhaul, and Gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner deals with an unwelcome endorsement.

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Brian Mackey / NPR Illinois | 91.9 UIS

This week, a proposal for a state constitutional amendment on voting rights, a proposal for a graduated tax rate, and suggestions for a pension change for the city of Chicago.

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Brian Mackey / NPR Illinois | 91.9 UIS

This week, Governor Quinn's proposed state budget.

This week, a discussion of Tuesday's election results.

More discussion of the upcoming primary elections.

This week, more discussion of the upcoming primary elections, gun rights activists press for fewer restrictions, and differences of opinion in the state legislature over next year's budget.

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This week, money and the run-up to the Republican gubernatorial primary.  Also, a scathing audit result for a state anti-violence program.

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This week, the latest news from the candidates vying for the Republican nomination in the next Governor's race.

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This week, further discussion of the candidates vying for the Republican Gubernatorial nomination.

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Among the topics this week: State Treasurer Dan Rutherford denies allegations of sexual harassment and Governor Pat Quinn moves the annual Budget Address to late March.

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This week, a discussion of Governor Pat Quinn's State of the State address.

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This week, a discussion of Thursday's debate in Peoria among the hopefuls to be the Republican candidate in the upcoming governor's race.

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Brian Mackey / NPR Illinois | 91.9 UIS

Among this week's topics: Republican Gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner's statements on whether or not he used his clout to get his daughter into an elite school, Tio Hardiman's challenge to Governor Pat Quinn as the possible Democratic candidate for governor, and also new political endorsements from Illinois unions.

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This week's topics include how the debate over the state's minimum wage may affect the Republican candidates for Governor, and calls for a change of leadership at the state's Department of Corrections.

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This week's topics include the state's system for accepting Concealed-Carry applications, the many lawsuits filed against the recent law changing the state's pension system, and a look back at some top stories from 2013.

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This week, an overview of some of the top stories from the past year.

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This week's topics include Governor Quinn's agreement with AFSCME on how to cull Medicaid rolls, a change to how the state will accept concealed carry applications, and Archer Daniel Midland's decision to keep its corporate HQ in Illinois.

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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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Brian Mackey / NPR Illinois | 91.9 UIS

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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Brian Mackey / NPR Illinois | 91.9 UIS

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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