Five years to the day when he was sworn in to replace ousted former Governor Rod Blagojevich, incumbent Governor Pat Quinn (D) Chicago, delivered his fifth State of the State message to the Illinois General Assembly.
House Speaker Michael Madigan (D) Chicago, describes the shuttle diplomacy role he played in the final days and hours leading up to the vote in an exclusive newsmaker interview on the program.
Illinois Lawmakers left Springfield on May 31 after passing a $35.4-billlion budget, concealed carry legislation, and expanding the state’s Medicaid system, but they’ll be back in town later this month after failing to solve the state’s nearly $100-billion public pension crisis.
The Illinois General Assembly headed into the final hours of the spring legislative session deeply divided over how to address the state’s nearly $100-billion pension crisis.
On this week’s Illinois Lawmakers, Illinois Public Radio Statehouse Bureau chief Amanda Vinicky leads off our coverage with an update on the week’s news from Springfield.