An analysis of the week in Illinois politics and government from the NPR Illinois Statehouse bureau.
State Week: Veteran’s Home COVID-19 Outbreak Under Investigation
Hospital beds across the state continue to fill with COVID-19 patients, and an investigation has been announced to look into the deadly breakout in the LaSalle Veterans' Home. Michael Madigan says he has no intention of stepping down as House Speaker, although he may not have the votes needed to keep that position the next time the Legislature meets. WBEZ's Dave McKinney joins the panel this week.
State Week: Are Madigan's Days As A Political Leader Numbered?
This week, a Michael Madigan confidant and three others were indicted in an alleged bribery scheme that prosecutors say also involved the powerful House Speaker, known as Public Official A in federal documents. Madigan again denied he's done anything wrong and he's not been charged. But more House Democrats have publicly pulled their support for him, making it seem less likely he can win another term in the leadership post in January. There have also been calls for him to resign as the state's
State Week: Rising Tensions Over COVID-19 And The State Budget
This week, Governor J.B. Pritzker admonished Illinoisans who continue to flout COVID-19 mitigation measures and warned that he soon may have no choice but to order another stay-at-home directive. Meanwhile, the Pritzker administration is left with a huge budget problem to deal with, especially with the failure of the governor's proposed graduated income tax amendment. Dan Vock, reporter and author of the States of Crisis newsletter, joins the panel.
State Week: Election Results Put Added Pressure On Madigan
The election saw disappointing results for Democrats at the state level, especially the failure of Governor J.B. Pritzker's proposed change to a graduated income tax. And House Speaker Michael Madigan is under increasing pressure to step down as head of the state Democratic party. The State Journal-Register 's Bernie Schoenburg joins the panel.
State Week: As Election Day Approaches, COVID-19 Cases Spike
This week saw a continued rapid rise in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations around the state, and ten out of the eleven regions in the Restore Illinois Plan will be under stronger mitigation measures by the end of the weekend. There has been a record volume of early voting and voting by mail in the state ahead of Tuesday's election, and many eyes are watching Democratic Illinois Supreme Court Justice Tom Kilbride’s bid to retain his seat. Ray Long of the Chicago Tribune joins the panel.
State Week: More Mitigation Imposed To Slow The Spread Of COVID-19
This week, the rise in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations prompted Governor J.B. Pritzker and the Illinois Department of Public Health to impose increased mitigation measures in regions around the state. State officials also revealed their plans for distributing a vaccine when one becomes available. The election is just over a week away, and the ballot referendum on moving the state to a graduated income tax continues to be a focus of attention.
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By the way. Corona virus has been in the United States since the first week of December and 93% of the American populace has been exposed to it within the first two months of 2020.
There is no pandemic.
Only people dying who would have died from any other major illness or health complications.