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Capitol Cast: Illinois
26 minutes | Sep 21, 2022
Treasurer's Race: An interview with Republican Rep. Tom Demmer
State Rep. Tom Demmer, the Republican candidate for state treasurer, speaks to Capitol News Illinois Bureau Chief Jerry Nowicki about what he would do with the office if elected by voters on Nov. 8. Nowicki's interview with Treasurer Michael Frerichs is here: https://soundcloud.com/user-592090129-621623053/treasurers-race-an-interview-with-michael-frerichs/s-jIpCmDULysk?si=268ce78872574f51981312c7eb7d6dec&utm_source=clipboard&utm_medium=text&utm_campaign=social_sharing
22 minutes | Sep 21, 2022
Treasurer's Race: An interview with Michael Frerichs
Illinois State Treasurer Michael Frerichs speaks to Capitol News Illinois Bureau Chief Jerry Nowicki about what he's done in his two terms as treasurer and what his plans are for a third. He'll face Republican Rep. Tom Demmer in the Nov. 8 general election. Nowicki's interview with Frerichs' challenger, Tom Demmer, is available here: https://soundcloud.com/user-592090129-621623053/treasurers-race-an-interview-with-republican-rep-tom-demmer/s-36odKcR7RVw?si=268ce78872574f51981312c7eb7d6dec&utm_source=clipboard&utm_medium=text&utm_campaign=social_sharing
17 minutes | Aug 26, 2022
Election Season Begins
The 2022 general election campaign season got into full swing with political events at the Illinois State Fair and the first gubernatorial candidate forum. Peter Hancock and Jerry Nowicki discuss the major themes and issues to watch.
27 minutes | Jul 1, 2022
The Race for Governor
Gov. JB Pritzker sits down for a one-on-one interview, and Capitol News Illinois Bureau Chief Jerry Nowicki takes a look at the election-night speeches of Pritzker and his GOP challenger Darren Bailey.
24 minutes | Jun 24, 2022
Interview with Alexi Giannoulias
Secretary of state candidate Alexi Giannoulias talks to Capitol News Illinois about his plans to modernize the secretary of state's office should voters elect him to it. He also talks about his union support and time as Illinois Treasurer and in the private banking field. Further coverage of the race from the Chicago Tribune is below. Democratic race for secretary of state has one candidate trying to resurrect his political career and two trying to take their next step: www.chicagotribune.com/politics/elec…um-story.html Valencia, Giannoulias repeat accusations of ethical lapses during forum for Democratic secretary of state candidates: www.chicagotribune.com/politics/elec…4m-story.html $20 million in loans to felons: https://www.chicagotribune.com/news/ct-xpm-2010-04-01-ct-met-giannoulias-bank-loans-20100401-story.html
32 minutes | Jun 23, 2022
Interview with Anna Valencia
Secretary of state candidate Anna Valencia talks to Capitol News Illinois about her plans for the office should voters give her the Democratic nomination. She has plans for an Illinois Civic Corps, modernizing the office and tightening ethics laws. She touches on the contentious nature of a race in which her husband's lobbying career has been in the spotlight. Further coverage of the race from the Chicago Tribune is below. Democratic race for secretary of state has one candidate trying to resurrect his political career and two trying to take their next step: https://www.chicagotribune.com/politics/elections/ct-sos-dems-race-20220612-qfq2y6seobhwtegdr7epdounum-story.html Valencia, Giannoulias repeat accusations of ethical lapses during forum for Democratic secretary of state candidates: https://www.chicagotribune.com/politics/elections/ct-secretary-of-state-democrats-ethics-20220527-n3ytxclwy5dupajabnlrj7pm4m-story.html
26 minutes | Jun 22, 2022
Interview with David Moore
Illinois Secretary of State candidate David Moore talks to Capitol News Illinois Bureau Chief Jerry Nowicki about his plans for the office should voters choose him to replace outgoing Secretary of State Jesse White. It's the first of three interviews with Democratic SOS candidates that Capitol News Illinois will publish ahead of the Tuesday, June 28 primary election.
25 minutes | Jun 17, 2022
Illinois' Shifting Electoral Map
Illinois' political map has shifted dramatically in the 21st century with Democrats now dominating large cities and the suburbs, and Republicans holding small towns and rural areas. Two researchers at Southern Illinois University, John Jackson and John Foster, discuss that trend and the new paper they have just published. (Read the whole paper at https://news.siu.edu/2022/06/061522-Latest-SIU-Paul-Simon-Institute-research-analyzes-2020-election-provides-context-for-22.php)
16 minutes | Jun 3, 2022
The GOP Debate
All six Republican candidates for governor took part in a televised debate this week, discussing their stands on gun control, abortion and other issues. Peter Hancock and Jerry Nowicki discuss where the race is headed.
16 minutes | May 20, 2022
The Census Bureau says Illinois' population may actually have grown during the 2010s. Plus, DCFS Director Marc Smith is held in contempt again and gas station owners sue over signage they will soon be required to post on gas pumps. Peter Hancock, Jerry Nowicki and Beth Hundsdorfer break down the news of the week.
16 minutes | May 6, 2022
Illinois politicians react to the leaked draft opinion suggesting the U.S. Supreme Court is about to overturn Roe vs. Wade. Peter Hancock, Jerry Nowicki and Grace Kinnicutt discuss those developments and other news of the week.
14 minutes | Mar 25, 2022
Politics of the Unemployment Trust Fund
A bill that infuses $2.7 billion into the state's beleaguered Unemployment Insurance Trust Fund has become one of the most hotly debated issues in Springfield. Peter Hancock and Jerry Nowicki discuss what it's all about.
23 minutes | Mar 18, 2022
What to Expect When Madigan Goes to Trial
Jerry Nowicki speaks with former federal prosecutor and current defense attorney Nancy DePodesta on what to expect in the trial of former speaker Michael Madigan, and why it's not likely to happen soon.
15 minutes | Mar 4, 2022
The Madigan Enterprise
Former House Speaker Michael Madigan was indicted this week on 22 counts of corruption involving a collection of schemes that federal prosecutors are calling "the Madigan Enterprise."
17 minutes | Feb 25, 2022
Gov. JB Pritzker announces the statewide indoor mask mandate will expire at the end of February, with some exceptions. The Capitol News Illinois team analyzes that issue and other news of the week.
19 minutes | Feb 25, 2022
The 2022 legislative session is hitting its midpoint while the state prepares to lift its indoor mask mandate. The Capitol News Illinois team discusses those issues and other news of the week.
31 minutes | Feb 4, 2022
The governor makes his pitch
A look at what's in Gov. JB Pritzker's budget address and the history behind his remarks.
11 minutes | Jan 17, 2022
Illinois' Teacher Shortage
A new survey suggests Illinois is suffering from a shortage of teachers and other educators. UIS Public Affairs Reporting program interns Andrew Adams, Taylor Vidmar and Grace Kinnicutt discuss their coverage of the issue.
21 minutes | Jan 7, 2022
The State of Democraccy
On the anniversary of the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the U.S. Capitol in Washington, we interview University of Illinois at Chicago professor Dick Simpson, whose upcoming new book is entitled "Democracy's Rebirth: The View from Chicago."
12 minutes | Dec 17, 2021
News of the Week, Holiday Edition
Gov. Pritzker strikes a deal to sell the James R. Thompson Center in Chicago, then signs a bill repealing the Parental Notification of Abortion Act. Unemployment falls but COVID-19 cases are on the rise. Peter Hancock and Beth Hundsdorfer discuss.
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