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An analysis of the week in Illinois politics and government from the NPR Illinois Statehouse bureau.

State Week Sean Crawford, Hannah Meisel, Charles N. Wheeler III

    • Government
    • 4.8 • 41 Ratings

An analysis of the week in Illinois politics and government from the NPR Illinois Statehouse bureau.

    State Week: A court date looms over redistricting

    State Week: A court date looms over redistricting

    Gov. J.B. Pritzker signed the newly drawn congressional district map into law this week. That is despite criticism of both this product and another that resets state house and senate districts. Challengers to what Democrats put together will get their day in court next month.

    • 28 min
    State Week: Illinois law spotlights dark money in judicial campaigns

    State Week: Illinois law spotlights dark money in judicial campaigns

    Illinois has seen a massive increase in spending on judicial campaigns. Gov. J.B. Pritzker this week approved prohibiting dark money groups, who don't identify their donors, from making financial contributions in those races.

    • 28 min
    State Week: Pritzker, Griffin are prepared to spend big on governor's race

    State Week: Pritzker, Griffin are prepared to spend big on governor's race

    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 upcoming governor's race and how the trend of record campaign spending is likely to continue.

    • 28 min
    State Week: Pritzker touts clean energy jobs on overseas trip

    State Week: Pritzker touts clean energy jobs on overseas trip

    Gov. J.B. Pritzker headed to Europe this week where he hopes to encourage more green energy investments in Illinois and promote the state's commitment to combat climate change.

    • 28 min
    State Week: The fall session wrap up; Kinzinger plans U.S. House exit

    State Week: The fall session wrap up; Kinzinger plans U.S. House exit

    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 and Chicago Tribune Chief Political Reporter Rick Pearson.

    • 28 min
    State Week: Democrats still hold upper hand in redistricting

    State Week: Democrats still hold upper hand in redistricting

    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.

    • 28 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
41 Ratings

41 Ratings

Kd838 ,

Concise and Thoughtful

Due to the political climate and news deserts, I think gen z (me) doesn’t learn much about state and local politics. This podcast has helped me be more in tune to politics that affect me just as much as the national politics we tend to focus on so much. I love hearing Hannah’s and Charlie’s takes each week. Thank you for this podcast!

Chicagowonk ,

Fantastic podcast

Great nonpartisan coverage of Illinois politics.

m1vsr1 ,

Straight forward

I apperciate that this is a straight forward news review. Any drama provided is by the stories themselves and not how they are presented. Thank you for the review of the stories important to IL politics and government.

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