Illinois State Capitol

Thank you to public radio listeners in Springfield (NPR Illinois 91.9 UIS), Champaign (Illinois Public Media WILL), and Glen Ellyn (WDCB) who attended our first three Illinois Issues Forums during our listening tour.  It's clear you have something to say about the historic impasse entering its third year.  Here are some of the early contributions:

Video edited by Carter Staley, shot by the UIS Office of Electronic Media.

Davis chatting with advocates
Dusty Rhodes / NPR Illinois | 91.9 UIS

Lawmakers of both parties, and even Gov. Bruce Rauner, agree that Illinois doesn't fund schools in an equitable manner. But with the legislative session scheduled to end on May 31, they still can't agree on exactly how to fix it.

 

One plan earned bipartisan approval in a House committee today, clearing a procedural hurdle that positions it for possible speedy passage.

 

Michael Madigan
Brian Mackey / NPR Illinois | 91.9 UIS

Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan has been in office a long time.  He’s been a House member since the early 70’s and served as Speaker since the 1980’s, minus a brief 2 year window. 

But Madigan has never seen the state fail to pass a full budget, until recently.