15 episodes

Poet, activist and researcher Glenance Green and former state legislator/gubernatorial candidate Daniel Biss, come together to talk Illinois politics, government and how the heck it all works (or doesn’t) in Springfield.

From the games that are played just to let bills see the light of day, to the way lobbyists maneuver to keep them buried, to the secret ways you’re paying for hedge fund managers’ private plane rides...Glenance and Daniel will be pulling back the curtain and shining some light. Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/il-informed/support

IL Informed State Matters

    • Government
    • 4.8 • 93 Ratings

Poet, activist and researcher Glenance Green and former state legislator/gubernatorial candidate Daniel Biss, come together to talk Illinois politics, government and how the heck it all works (or doesn’t) in Springfield.

From the games that are played just to let bills see the light of day, to the way lobbyists maneuver to keep them buried, to the secret ways you’re paying for hedge fund managers’ private plane rides...Glenance and Daniel will be pulling back the curtain and shining some light. Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/il-informed/support

    Bonus: Legislative Session Recap

    Bonus: Legislative Session Recap

    In this little bonus ep, Daniel Biss talks with Senators Melinda Bush and Robert Peters about the avalanche of legislation passed here in Illinois in 2019. 



    Credits: 

    Hosts: Glenance Green and Daniel Biss

    Producer: Kacie Smith

    Audio Engineer: Ari Mejia

    Theme Music: Ayanna Woods 

    Additional Compositions: Alexander Babbitt

    Graphic Design: Judith Mayer




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    • 39 min
    Accountability

    Accountability

    Episode 10 - Our swan song for IL Informed Season 1. After all this talk about how the system works, we dive into how to make the system accountable. What does accountability actually mean? What does it look like? Accountable to whom?  And how do we as individuals navigate through all the confusing nonsense to actually make the change in government we want to see?

    Ready to find your reps? Click here!



    Credits: 

    Hosts: Glenance Green and Daniel Biss

    Producer: Kacie Smith
    Audio Engineer and Editor: AJ Olstad, Noisefloor
    Asst. Producer: Jessica Maynard
    Asst. to the Producer: Matt Norris
    Theme Music: Ayanna Woods
    Additional Compositions: Alexander Babbitt
    Graphic Design: Judith Mayer
    Marketing and Social Media: Amber Crossen and Lizzie Turner
    Photographer: Topher Alexander


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    • 53 min
    Implementation

    Implementation

    Episode 9 - The work doesn’t stop when a bill becomes a law. In this episode, Daniel and Glenance talk about implementation, enforcement, and why we all need to stay engaged beyond the bill signing ceremony. Hold the champagne, cause it ain’t over yet. 





    Credits: 

    Hosts: Glenance Green and Daniel Biss

    Producer: Kacie Smith

    Audio Engineer and Editor: AJ Olstad, Noisefloor

    Asst. Producer: Jessica Maynard

    Asst. to the Producer: Matt Norris

    Theme Music: Ayanna Woods 

    Additional Compositions: Alexander Babbitt

    Graphic Design: Judith Mayer

    Marketing and Social Media: Amber Crossen and Lizzie Turner

    Photographer: Topher Alexander


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    • 37 min
    Knowledge is Power

    Knowledge is Power

    Episode 8 -   Transparency! It’s something we’re always begging for, because knowledge actually IS power. And the current lack of transparency is pretty much the reason this podcast exists. But what does true government transparency look like? And how can we the people push for more when this is arguably the most boring government reform issue imaginable?

    And for your viewing pleasure, that excellent rant from Representative Mike Bost. 





    Credits: 

    Hosts: Glenance Green and Daniel Biss

    Producer: Kacie Smith

    Audio Engineer and Editor: AJ Olstad, Noisefloor

    Asst. Producer: Jessica Maynard

    Asst. to the Producer: Matt Norris

    Theme Music: Ayanna Woods 

    Additional Compositions: Alexander Babbitt

    Graphic Design: Judith Mayer

    Marketing and Social Media: Amber Crossen and Lizzie Turner

    Photographer: Topher Alexander




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    • 42 min
    BONUS - Harassment in the Capitol

    BONUS - Harassment in the Capitol

    This is from our conversation about Speaker of the House Mike Madigan. Glenance and Daniel discuss the environment that has allowed for sexual harassment to go unchecked in Springfield and the systemic reforms that are now being proposed by Senator Melinda Bush.  Check out more about those bills here. 

    Have thoughts on this convo? A different perspective? Hit us up on social media. 



    Credits: 

    Hosts: Glenance Green and Daniel Biss

    Producer: Kacie Smith

    Audio Engineer and Editor: AJ Olstad, Noisefloor

    Asst. Producer: Jessica Maynard

    Asst. to the Producer: Matt Norris

    Theme Music: Ayanna Woods 

    Additional Compositions: Alexander Babbitt

    Graphic Design: Judith Mayer

    Marketing and Social Media: Amber Crossen and Lizzie Turner

    Photographer: Topher Alexander


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    • 9 min
    Madigan

    Madigan

    Episode 7 - The inevitable Speaker of the House Mike Madigan episode. A lot has been said about him in the press and a lot of folks already have their minds made up about the powerful Democrat and his role in state government. But we’ve got a tale or two that maybe you haven’t heard before.



    Credits: 

    Hosts: Glenance Green and Daniel Biss

    Producer: Kacie Smith

    Audio Engineer and Editor: AJ Olstad, Noisefloor

    Asst. Producer: Jessica Maynard

    Asst. to the Producer: Matt Norris

    Theme Music: Ayanna Woods 

    Additional Compositions: Alexander Babbitt

    Graphic Design: Judith Mayer

    Marketing and Social Media: Amber Crossen and Lizzie Turner

    Photographer: Topher Alexander


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    Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/il-informed/support

    • 43 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
93 Ratings

93 Ratings

spkrim ,

An Illinois must.

Grateful for this candid peak behind the curtain. I learn, am entertained, and walk away understanding more about the way I am impacted and can impact local issues.

GabrielCivic ,

Splendiferous

The duo with Glenance and Daniel is driving IL Informed home as one of my favorite podcasts of all time.

The dance of perspective around their shared heart for social justice delivers something...revelatory.

A spring rain, a starry night, goat cheese and cherries ice cream from Jeni's, and a lake-side sunrise over a pleasant morning run. All wrapped into each episode.

Well done!!

I could have said "relaxing, refreshing, eye-opening, delicious, and hopeful," but that misses the point--the show is somehow personal. I love it.

nosuchperson ,

Great podcast!

I've been looking for a way to learn more about the state govenment - makes no sense that the closer politics gets to our daily lives the less information seems to be out there. Dan and Glenance are doing an amazing job filling in the gaps. Love Dan's real-world examples! Also love the longer episodes, a deeper dive is appreciated since most of these topics are rarely reported on.

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