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Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker will deliver a combined budget and state of the state address on Wednesday. Pritzker will likely tout his accomplishments during his first term as prepares to seek re-election. Meanwhile, Republicans are focused on crime as a key issue in the race to unseat Pritzker. Some have already hit the airwaves with their message.…
 
After months of speculation about another candidate entering the race for governor, reports are that Aurora Mayor Richard Irvin will launch a bid. It has been rumored that he has support of billionaire Ken Griffin. We talk about the chances for Irvin and a slate of other Republicans on a statewide ticket.…
 
Some big announcements in recent days set the stage for what's expected to be an interesting election year. Longtime Congressman Bobby Rush bows out, likely creating a free-for-all in who will replace him. It also appears a couple of freshmen lawmakers will mount challenges against more established politicians in their party.…
 
It was an historic year in Illinois. Longtime Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan was pushed out of his job amid a scandal. The state adopted new laws dealing with criminal justice and energy policy. Democrats approved new political boundaries. And while Illinois rolled out its COVID-19 vaccination program, the pandemic cast a shadow over the en…
 
The primary is still half a year away, but the 2022 Illinois governor's contest is starting to heat up. There were reports this week that Aurora Mayor Richard Irvin is considering a bid. The Republican field already has four candidates who have announced, but there is speculation Irvin would gain financial backing from billionaire Ken Griffin.…
 
COVID-19 transmission is up again, especially after the Thanksgiving holiday. Nearly all of those cases are caused by the Delta variant. Meanwhile, the state's public health department this week announced the newly discovered Omicron variant has been confirmed in Illinois.By Sean Crawford, Hannah Meisel, Charles N. Wheeler III
 
Gov. J.B. Pritzker has already announced he'll run for another term in 2022. This week, the state's wealthiest resident and hedge fund CEO Ken Griffin added some intrigue when he told Crain's Chicago Business that he will bankroll a challenger. He gave no indication which candidate he'd support. Our panel talks about what that means for the upcomin…
 
Newly drawn political districts approved Thursday have already led one incumbent Republican congressman, Adam Kinzinger, to announce he won't seek another term. We'll also discuss other legislation that made it through the Illinois General Assembly. Host Sean Crawford is joined by Statehouse Editor Hannah Meisel, Professor Emeritus Charlie Wheeler …
 
There was a court ruling and more legal challenges to Illinois Democrats' effort at crafting new state legislative and congressional boundaries. Our panel discusses the latest happenings surrounding the once-a-decade redistricting process and why Republicans are likely to wind up on the short end.By Sean Crawford, Hannah Meisel, Charles N. Wheeler III
 
The NFL's Chicago Bears announced this week an agreement to purchase the former Arlington International Racecourse in the northwest suburbs. The decision could potentially lead the team to move away from Soldier Field. Gov. J.B. Pritzker downplayed any rumblings of state financial incentives to keep the Bears in Chicago or help build a new multi-bi…
 
The Illinois Senate this week approved the state's new energy package and the governor quickly signed it into law. It saves a pair of nuclear plants, and the jobs and tax base they provide, along with placing Illinois on a path to a renewable energy future. It also shined light on how the leaders of the state can work through complicated issues to …
 
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