#3208 - End of Scheduled Session Wrap-up

Illinois is entering its third year without a formal budget in place after the Illinois House adjourned without taking action on a new spending plan for the year that starts July first.

On this edition of Illinois Lawmakers, host Jak Tichenor talks with John Jackson, visiting professor at the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute at SIU Carbondale about the longest running budget crisis in U.S. history.  Tichenor then talks with individual members of the four legislative caucuses about why the regular session ended in failure and what may happen next.  Guests include Rep. Greg Harris (D) Chicago, Rep. Tom Demmer (R) Dixon, Senator Heather Steans (D) Chicago, and Senator Chapin Rose (R) Mahomet.

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#3207 - Senate Democrats Approve Budget

Senate Democrats have approved a $37.3 billion budget for FY 2018 and the taxes to fund it but its fate remains uncertain in the Illinois House

Amanda Vinicky from WTTW’s Chicago Tonight opens this week’s program with host Jak Tichenor.  Sen. Iris Martinez (D) Chicago and Sen. Chris Nybo (R) Elmhurst debate the budget and property tax relief.  Later, Rep. Grant Wehrli (R) Naperville and Rep. Carol Ammons (D) Urbana discuss prospects for pension reform in the Illinois House.

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#3206 - Grand Bargain Inches Forward

The Illinois Senate advanced parts of the so-called Grand Bargain in Springfield in hopes of ending the state’s nearly two-year old budget impasse, but a final agreement remains elusive.

Capitolfax.com publisher Rich Miller leads off this week’s Illinois Lawmakers with an overview of the week’s news from the Capitol.  Later, host Jak Tichenor talks with Rep. Elaine Nekritz (D) Northbrook and Rep. Terri Bryant (R) Murphysboro about bipartisan efforts by House members to encourage action on the Senate’s Grand Bargain.  Later, Sen. Karen McConnaughay (R) St. Charles and Rep. Robyn Gabel (D) Evanston discuss the work of the state’s Human Trafficking Task Force.

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#3205 - School Funding Reform and Budget Crisis Impacts

State Journal-Register political columnist Bernard Schoenburg updates the week’s news at the Capitol with Illinois Lawmakers host Jak Tichenor.

Also on this week’s program, Assistant Senate Republican Leader Jason Barickman (R) Bloomington and House Appropriations (Elementary & Secondary Education) Chairman Will Davis (D) Homewood discuss progress on school funding reform.  Later, Rep. Christian Mitchell (D) Chicago and Rep. Mike Fortner (R) West Chicago seek data on the impact of the state budget crisis on university cities around Illinois.

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#3204 - No Clear Pathway Out

The Illinois General Assembly starts the countdown to adjournment on May 31st without a clear pathway to ending the state’s nearly two-year-old budget impasse.  Capitolfax.com founder Rich Miller headlines this week’s program as Illinois Lawmakers begins weekly coverage during the month of May.

Next, Senate Revenue Committee Chairwoman Toi Hutchinson (D) Chicago Heights talks with host Jak Tichenor about negotiations to create a “grand bargain” to end the stalemate.  Later, Senator David Koehler (D) Peoria and Representative Tim Butler (R) Springfield describe how people in their districts are being harmed by the stand-off.

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#3203 - Governor Bruce Rauner’s Budget Message

Illinois Lawmakers provided live statewide coverage of Republican Governor Bruce Rauner’s third annual Budget Message to a joint session of the Illinois General Assembly on Wednesday, February, 15 on Illinois Public Television and Radio.

Hosted by Jak Tichenor, interim director of the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute at SIU Carbondale, Capitolfax.com publisher Rich Miller and WTTW Chicago Tonight correspondent Amanda Vinicky provided reaction to the Governor’s first public feedback on the Senate’s bipartisan “Grand Bargain” package of revenues and reforms aimed at ending the state’s 20-month old budget crisis.

House Majority Conference Chairperson Greg Harris (D) Chicago, Senate President Pro Tempore Don Harmon (D) Oak Park, Deputy Senate Republican Leader Bill Brady of Bloomington, and House Republican Leader Jim Durkin provided bipartisan reaction to the Governor’s speech.

Illinois Lawmakers is a production of WSIU Public Broadcasting-Carbondale, WTVP-TV, Peoria, and Illinois Public Media, Urbana-Champaign.

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#3202 - State of the State

Live coverage of Republican Governor Bruce Rauner’s 2017 State of the State Address.

Hosted by Jak Tichenor, interim director of the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute at SIU Carbondale, Capitolfax.com publisher Rich Miller and WTTW Chicago Tonight correspondent Amanda Vinicky provided analysis of the speech and efforts to break the nearly two year old budget impasse in Illinois.

Assistant House Majority Leader Lou Lang (D) Skokie, Assistant Senate Republican Leader Bill Brady of Bloomington, Senator Dan Biss (D) Evanston, and House Republican Leader Jim Durkin provided bipartisan reaction to the Governor’s speech.

Illinois Lawmakers is a production of WSIU Public Broadcasting-Carbonale, WTVP-TV, Peoria, and Illinois Public Media, Urbana-Champaign.

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#3201 - Fall Veto Session

The fall veto session came to a close without action on the Illinois budget crisis.

Illinois Public Radio Statehouse Bureau Chief Amanda Vinicky provides on overview of the week’s developments in Springfield with host Jak Tichenor. 

Next, an in-depth discussion of the budget impasse, workers compensation reform, and a plan to save a pair of Exelon nuclear power plants with Rep. Will Davis (D) Hazel Crest and Rep. Steven Andersson (R) Geneva. 

Rounding out this week’s coverage, retiring Senators David Luechtefeld (R) Okawville and John Sullivan (D) Rushville discuss the upcoming lame duck session in January and reflect upon their combined 36-years of service in the Illinois General Assembly.

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#3107 -  End of Scheduled Spring Legislative Session

Illinois Lawmakers examines the last scheduled day of the spring session of the Illinois General Assembly

Governor Bruce Rauner surprised everyone on May 31st we he said he would forgo passage of his signature Turnaround agenda until after the November General Elections in exchange for an emergency stopgap budget to open schools on time and keep state government operating.  Exclusive interviews with House Speaker Michael Madigan (D) Chicago and Senate Republican Leader Christine Radogno (R) Lemont provide insights into each party’s view of how the Governor’s proposal is being received along with news coverage featuring Governor Rauner, Senate President John Cullerton (D) Chicago and House Republican Leader Jim Durkin (R) Western Springs.  Illinois Public Radio Statehouse correspondent Amanda Vinicky provides analysis and an end of the week update from the Capitol with series host Jak Tichenor.

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#3106 - Budget Impasse Continues

Illinois Lawmakers appear no closer to breaking the state’s nearly one year old budget impasse as the spring session comes to an end on May 31st.

Capitolfax.com publisher Rich Miller leads off this week’s edition of Illinois Lawmakers.  Then, Deputy House Majority Leader Lou Lang (D) Skokie and Assistant Senate Republican Leader Dave Syverson (R) Rockford spar over a new $39-billion House Democrat budget for FY 2017 that falls seven billion short of being balanced between revenues and spending.  Later, retiring lawmakers Senator William Delgado (D) Chicago and Representative David Leitch (R) Peoria discuss changes in the Springfield political scene during their nearly 50-years of combined service in the General Assembly.

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#3105 Budget Discussions

Illinois Lawmakers are talking about raising taxes by $5.4-billion while cutting $2.4-billion from state programs, but they’re running out of time to reach any agreement on the business-friendly reforms Governor Rauner wants before signing off on any new revenues.

On this week’s Illinois Lawmakers, Illinois Public Radio Statehouse Bureau Chief Amanda Vinicky joins host Jak Tichenor for an update of the week’s news from Springfield.  Next, Assistant House Majority Leader John Bradley (D) Marion and Assistant Senate Republican Leader Bill Brady of Bloomington discuss a new round of talks about specific items on the Governor’s agenda.  Later, Senator Dan Biss (D) Evanston and Representative Tom Demmer (R) Dixon talk about the difficulties rank and file lawmakers face in trying to end the state’s nearly one year old budget stalemate.

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#3104 Education Funding

On this week’s Illinois Lawmakers, our focus is on education funding from kindergarten all the way to state colleges and universities.

Illinois Public Radio Statehouse Bureau Chief Amanda Vinicky leads off our coverage with the latest news from Springfield.  Then, an in-depth discussion of a plan to revamp K-12 school funding in the state with Sen. John Sullivan (D) Rushville and Sen. Jason Barickman (R) Bloomington.  We round out this week’s program with an update on emergency funding for higher education with Sen. Donne Trotter (D) Chicago and Rep. Dan Brady (R) Bloomington.

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#3103 - Eleven-Month Old Budget Impasse

Illinois Lawmakers are expressing guarded optimism about ending the state’s eleven-month old budget impasse by the end of May.

On this week’s Illinois Lawmakers, Rich Miller of Capitolfax.com updates the week’s news out of the Statehouse with host Jak Tichenor.  Then, Rep. Greg Harris (D) Chicago and Rep. Patti Bellock (R) Hinsdale discuss bipartisan efforts to approve $450-million in emergency funding for social services agencies in Illinois.  Later, “budgeteers” Sen. Heather Steans (D) Chicago and Sen. Matt Murphy (R) Palatine provide insights into private talks between bipartisan budget experts and Governor Bruce Rauner’s office aimed at passing a two year budget agreement for Fiscal Years 2016 and 2017.

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#3102 - Budget Address

Governor Bruce Rauner delivers his Budget Address to a joint session of the Illinois Legislature.

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#3101 - State of the State

Governor Bruce Rauner appealed for bipartisan support of reform efforts regarding public employee pensions, education funding, criminal justice, economic development and other issues during his second annual State of the State address.

The first-term Republican continued his call for lawmakers to approve limits on collective bargaining, workers compensation reform, term limits, and redistricting reform.  This 90-minute special edition of Illinois Lawmakers features reaction from Democratic Senate President John Cullerton of Chicago, Senate Republican Leader Christine Radogno of Lemont, Democratic House Speaker Michael Madigan of Chicago, and House Republican Leader Jim Durkin of Western Springs.  Hosted by Jak Tichenor with analysis by Illinois Public Radio Statehouse Bureau Chief Amanda Vinicky and Capitolfax.com editor Rich Miller.

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#3011 - Fiscal Crisis Continues (Week 3)

The Illinois General Assembly has wrapped up its work for another week in Springfield and there’s still no sign of a budget agreement nearly three weeks into the state’s new fiscal year.

On this week’s Illinois Lawmakers, Illinois Public Radio Statehouse Bureau Chief Amanda Vinicky describes why the Democratic majorities in both Houses and Republican Governor Bruce Rauner remain deadlocked over his Turnaround Agenda and passing a new budget.  Later, host Jak Tichenor examines the fiscal crises with Sen. Heather Steans (D) Chicago and Sen. Pamela Althoff (R) McHenry, two of the Senate’s top budget experts.  Later, Rep. Elaine Nekritz (D) Northbrook and Rep. Tim Butler (R) Springfield describe how the lack of a budget is impacting Illinois residents including the proposed closing of the Illinois State Museum in Springfield.

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#3010 - Fiscal Crisis Continues

The Prairie State’s fiscal crisis worsens as Republican Governor Bruce Rauner and the Democratic majorities in the General Assembly remain deadlocked over a new spending plan for the state for the fiscal year that began on July first.

On this special summer overtime edition of Illinois Lawmakers, Deputy House Majority Leader Lou Lang (D) Skokie and Deputy House Republican Leader Patti Bellock (R) Hinsdale debate how their parties are working to maintain essential state services and meet the state’s payroll.  Later, Representative Mary Flowers (D) Chicago and Senator Jason Barickman (R) Bloomington discuss the how the budget impasse is impacting their districts in Chicago and East-Central Illinois.  Illinois Public Radio Statehouse Bureau Chief Amanda Vinicky and Illinois Lawmakers host Jak Tichenor bring viewers the latest from the Capitol.

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#3009 - End of Session and Budget Impasse

Republican Governor Bruce Rauner and the Democratic majorities in Springfield remained far apart over solving the state’s budget problems when the scheduled May 31st adjournment date passed without agreement.

On this week’s Illinois Lawmakers, House Speaker Michael Madigan (D) Chicago, Senate Republican Leader Christine Radogno of Lemont, and House Republican Leader Jim Durkin of Western Springs joined host Jak Tichenor for end of session interviews while Senate President John Cullerton (D) Chicago spoke with reporters about the impasse between Democrats and Republicans at the Statehouse.

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#3008 - Democratic Budget, Governors Turnaround Agenda, and Session Impasse

The Illinois General Assembly may be in for a long, hot summer after the Democratic majorities in the House and Senate advance their own version of a $36.3-billion budget for FY 2016 after rejecting Governor Bruce Rauner’s Illinois Turnaround Agenda.

Capitolfax.com’s Rich Miller opens this week’s program followed by a newsmaker interview with Senate President John Cullerton (D) Chicago about the Democratic spending plan and his party’s rejection of the Governor’s agenda.  Rounding out this week’s coverage, Senator Iris Martinez (D) Chicago and Representative David Reis (R) St Marie discuss the end of session impasse from the perspective of rank and file lawmakers from both ends of the state.

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#3007 - FY16 State Budget & Law Enforcement Reform

House Democrats are preparing to run their own budget proposal before May 31st while Governor Bruce Rauner is warning lawmakers can expect to be in Springfield for an extra long session if they don’t agree to his pro-business agenda before trying to raise taxes.

Illinois Public Radio Statehouse Bureau Chief Amanda Vinicky updates the budget stand-off under the Dome.  Next, Sen. Heather Steans (D) Chicago and Rep. Patti Bellock (R) Hinsdale discuss the issues dividing Democrats and Republicans on the budget and the Governor’s agenda.  Lastly, Rep. Elgie Sims, Jr. (D) Chicago and Sen. Tim Bivins (R) Dixon provide details of a new bipartisan law enforcement reform bill to encourage body worn cameras by police and increased use of force training for officers after recent incidents in Ferguson, Missouri and Baltimore, Maryland.

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#3006 - FY16 State Budget & Unfunded State Pension Liabilities

Last week’s Illinois Supreme Court decision striking down the state’s 2013 pension reform law has lawmakers and Governor Bruce Rauner scrambling to find ways to deal with the state’s $100-billion unfunded public pension liability

On this week’s edition of Illinois Lawmakers, Capitolfax.com’s Rich Miller provides an update on the latest news from the Capitol.  Next, a newsmaker interview with Senate Republican Leader Christine Radogno of Lemont.  Lastly, an in-depth dicussion on pension reform from two members of the legislature’s pension reform working group, Representative Elaine Nekritz (D) Northbrook, and Representative Ron Sandack (R) Downers Grove.  Hosted by Jak Tichenor.

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#3005 - State Budget, Governors Turnaround Agenda, & Casino Expansion Bill

On this week’s Illinois Lawmakers we will talk about the Illinois State Budget, the Governors Turnaround Agenda, and the Casino Expansion Bill.

On this week’s Illinois Lawmakers, Illinois Public Radio Statehouse Bureau Chief Amanda Vinicky updates the week’s news from Springfield.  Then, a newsmaker interview with House Republican Leader Jim Durkin of Western Springs on prospects for passing a state budget before May 31st as Democrats and Republicans clash over Governor Bruce Rauner’s Illinois Turnaround Agenda.  Later, Republican Senator Dave Syverson of Rockford and Democratic Representative Bob Rita of Blue Mound discuss the latest efforts to pass a casino expansion bill at the Capitol.  Hosted by Jak Tichenor.

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#3004 - FY16 State Budget / Governors Turnaround Agenda

Illinois Lawmakers begins its weekly coverage of the final month of the spring session this week by focusing on negotiations to plug a six billion dollar hole in next year’s state budget and Governor Bruce Rauner’s Illinois Turnaround Agenda that he wants passed before any talk of raising taxes.

Capitolfax.com’s Rich Miller tops this week’s program with the latest from Springfield followed by an in-depth discussion on budget talks by Sen. Matt Murphy (R) Palatine and Rep. Greg Harris (D) Chicago.  Later, Sen. Tom Harmon (D) Oak Park and Rep. Joe Sosnowski (R) Rockford debate the Governor’s Turnaround Agenda.  Hosted by Jak Tichenor.

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#3003 - Illinois Budget Address 2015

Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner delivers his budget address on Wednesdady, 2/18/2015, it should end months of speculation about his specific plans to address the state budget deficit.

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#3002 - State of the State Address 2015

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 4th.

In this special edition of Illinois Lawmakers, Governor Bruce Rauner called on legislators to work with him to make the state to pass economic policies aimed at improving the state’s business climate. House Speaker Michael Madigan (D) Chicago urged the Governor to focus on the state’s current economic problems while Senate Republican Leader Christine Radogno of Lemon and House Republican Leader Jim Durkin of Western Springs welcomed Rauner’s pro-business agenda. Hosted by Jak Tichenor with analysis from Rich Miller of Capitolfax.com and Amanda Vinicky of Illinois Public Radio.

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#3001 Fall Veto Session

Lawmakers adjourned their annual fall veto session in early December without taking action on the state’s looming budget crisis as they await the inauguration of Republican Governor-elect Bruce Rauner on January 12th.  The state’s temporary five percent income tax rate will expire on schedule on December 31st leaving a two-billion dollar hole in the current fiscal year budget ending June 30th.  The budget gap grows to more than four billion dollars in the Fiscal Year 2016 budget beginning July one, resulting deep cuts to all areas of state government including education, health and human services, and public safety if nothing is done.

On this edition of Illinois Lawmakers, Capitolfax.com publisher Rich Miller discusses the incoming Rauner administration’s transition plans with host Jak Tichenor.  Next, Representatives David Leitch (R) Peoria and Will Davis (D) Homewood debate a variety of issues before the legislature in the veto session including raising the minimum wage and education funding reform with.  Later, Tichenor talks with Senators Don Harmon (D) Oak Park and Bill Brady (R) Bloomington about how the General Assembly plans to work with state’s first Republican Governor in twelve years to get the state back on a firm financial foundation.

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Lawmakers Pass Patchwork Budget and Capital Bill Before Adjournment

Illinois Lawmakers adjourned their spring session at the end of May after the Democratic majorities in the Illinois Senate and House patched together a $35.7-billion budget for Fiscal Year 2015 without extending the temporary income tax increase.

The “maintenance” budget keeps spending close to current fiscal year levels, but Democratic legislative leaders warn the move only postpones critical decisions about the state’s finances until after the November general election.  Republicans criticized the budget-making process but were pleased Democrats did not vote to increase taxes at least for now.  Democrats and Republicans did reach a bipartisan agreement on spending $1.1-billion on a new capital program for roads and bridges for next year.

The final Illinois Lawmakers program of the spring session features analysis by Capitolfax.com publisher Rich Miller, exclusive newsmaker interviews with Senate President John Cullerton (D) Chicago and House Speaker Michael Madigan (D) Chicago and a GOP response from Deputy House Republican Leader Patti Bellock of Hinsdale.  Hosted by Jak Tichenor.

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FY2015 Budget, Federal Equal Rights Amendment, & Minimum Wage

The Illinois House of Representatives will vote on a budget that is $4-billion less than the $38-billion spending plan approved a week ago after Speaker Michael Madigan said that he does not have enough votes to extend the state’s temporary tax increase.

Capitolfax.com publisher Rich Miller leads off this week’s program with his analysis of the shifting budget dynamics followed by a budget overview by Senate Appropriations Committee One Chairwoman Heather Steans (D) Chicago and Matt Murphy (R) Palatine, the Republican Spokesman on the Appropriations One Committee.  Steans also discusses her resolution to have Illinois become the latest state to ratify the federal Equal Rights Amendment.  Later, Senator Michael Noland (D) Elgin and Representative Robert Pritchard (R) Hinckley debate efforts to let Illinois voters decide whether the state should increase the minimum wage to $10 an hour in 2015.  Hosted by Jak Tichenor.

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FY2015 Budget, Pension Reform, Marijuana, and Noise Pollution at O’Hare International Airport

On this week’s program, House Democrats begin advancing their version of next fiscal year’s budget without having voted to extend the state’s temporary income tax increase and a Sangamon County Circuit Judge temporarily blocks the implementation of the state’s new pension reform bill.

On this week’s program, House Democrats begin advancing their version of next fiscal year’s budget without having voted to extend the state’s temporary income tax increase and a Sangamon County Circuit Judge temporarily blocks the implementation of the state’s new pension reform bill.

Associated Press Statehouse Correspondent Kerry Lester leads off this week’s edition of Illinois Lawmakers discussing this week’s developments.  Next, House Republican Leader Jim Durkin of Western Springs condemns Democratic attempts to pass Governor Pat Quinn’s $38-billion recommended budget without having a revenue plan in place to fund it.  Durkin also tells host Jak Tichenor that he believes the pension reform bill passed last December can withstand legal challenges field by state worker unions and others despite this week’s legal developments.

Later, Democratic Representative Mike Zalewski of Riverside and Republican Representative Dennis Reboletti debate the pros and cons of legalizing the recreational use of marijuana in the state.  They also discuss new legislation regulating ride-share operators heading to the Governor’s desk and attempts to deal with an increase in noise pollution at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport.

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Taxes, School Funding, Neighborhood Recovery Investigation, and Mass Transit Reform

On this week’s edition of Illinois Lawmakers: Capitolfax.com publisher Rich Miller outlines the uphill fight for lawmakers to extend the state’s five percent temporary income tax hike.  Our newsmaker interview features Senate Republican Leader Christine Radogno of Lemont discussing taxes, school funding reform, and new developments in the legislature’s investigation into Governor Pat Quinn’s Neighborhood Recovery Initiative.  Later, House Mass Transit Committee Chairman Al Riley (D) Olympia Fields and the Committee’s Republican Spokesman Mike Tryon of Crystal Lake outline legislative efforts to reform the scandal-plagued Metra mass transit agency and improving the mass transit systems that serve over 650-million riders a year in Northeastern Illinois.  Hosted by Jak Tichenor.

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Capitol Update, Extending Temporary Income Tax increase, and Education Funding

Illinois Lawmakers returns with weekly coverage of the spring session of the Illinois General Assembly during the month of May.  Illinois Public Radio Bureau Chief Amanda Vinicky leads off this week’s coverage with an update on the latest developments under the Capitol dome.  Next, House Majority Leader Barbara Flynn Currie (D) Chicago and Deputy Senate Republican Leader Matt Murphy (R) Palatine debate the pros and cons of extending the state’s temporary income tax increase in separate interviews with series host Jak Tichenor.  Rounding out the program, Sen. Andy Manar (D) Bunker Hill and Sen. Jason Barickman (R) Bloomington discuss their work in crafting a new proposal to overhaul the state’s education funding system to send more dollars to Illinois’ poorest school districts.

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