Illinois Lawmakers

Illinois Lawmakers provides in-depth coverage and analysis of the General Assembly by veteran Statehouse reporters, news features, and interviews with leading lawmakers from both sides of the aisle.

Illinois Lawmakers is broadcast during the spring session of the Illinois General Assembly and fall veto session.  The series also provides live coverage and legislative reaction to the Governor’s State of the State and Budget Message speeches.

Illinois Lawmakers is produced in partnership by WSIU-TV Carbondale, WTVP-TV Peoria, and Illinois Public Media, Urbana. Jak Tichenor of WSIU-TV joined the series as Statehouse Correspondent in 1991 and became the series host in 2005.

Stream past episodes with WUIS reporters below or watch new episodes on your PBS station.

Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner budget address begins to end months of speculation about his specific plans to address the state budget deficit.

Illinois Lawmakers is produced in partnership by WSIU-TV Carbondale, WTVP-TV Peoria, and Illinois Public Media, Urbana.

Illinois' first Republican Governor in twelve years delivered his first annual State of the State speech to a joint session of the Illinois General Assembly on Wednesday, February 4. In this special edition of Illinois Lawmakers, Governor Bruce Rauner called on legislators to work with him to pass economic policies aimed at improving the state's business climate.

Pat Quinn and Bruce Rauner
Illinois Public Broadcasting

Incumbent Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn and Republican nominee Bruce Rauner met for the first formal debate of the general election season Thursday in Peoria. The panel included Illinois Public Radio/WUIS Statehouse Bureau Chief Amanda Vinicky and Illinois Issues Executive Editor Jamey Dunn.

Watch or listen to the full debate:

Statewide debate broadcast by Illinois Public Broadcasters.

The four Republican candidates for Illinois governor - State Sen. Bill Brady, State Sen. Kirk Dillard, Businessman Bruce Rauner and State Treasurer Dan Rutherford meet in advance of the primary election for this live debate. 

Peggy Boyer Long
WUIS/Illinois Issues

Death penalty reforms. Cheaper prescription drugs. Gambling options. And an unprecedented budget crisis. Lawmakers face a long might-do list heading into what they surely hope will be the last month of this legislative session.

In the next weeks, they’ll scramble through some 2,000 bills aimed at solving a range of perceived problems, many of them old familiars. 

Charles N. Wheeler III
WUIS/Illinois Issues

The notion of democratic government rests on a very simple principle: Ordinary men and women have the capacity to govern themselves. They don't need kings or emperors or high priests to establish the rules by which they can live together amicably, settle their differences and provide for their common needs.