Tony Arnold State Week: Budget Talk; Thompson Center By Sean Crawford, Brian Mackey & Charles N. Wheeler III • May 5, 2017 Brian Mackey / NPR Illinois Budget talk continues in Springfield — but our panel isn't getting its hopes up yet. And what's really holding up the sale of the Thompson Center? (Spoiler alert: It's complicated.) State Week: Can't They Agree On Anything? By Sean Crawford, Amanda Vinicky, Brian Mackey & Charles N. Wheeler III • Feb 26, 2016 Brian Mackey / NPR Illinois | 91.9 UIS Gov. Bruce Rauner stumped across Illinois to drum up support for education funding — K-12 education finding, at least. College students, particularly from low-income backgrounds, have no such luck.