Bob Meyer http://wuis.org en Listen to State Week - July 25, 2014 http://wuis.org/post/listen-state-week-july-25-2014 <p></p><p>This week's topics include the Illinois Inspector General's investigation into possible political hiring at the Illinois Department of Transportation.&nbsp; Also, an overview of the state's rules and regulations regarding medical marijuana.</p><p></p> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 19:53:38 +0000 Bob Meyer 30032 at http://wuis.org Listen to State Week - July 25, 2014 Listen to State Week - July 18, 2014 http://wuis.org/post/listen-state-week-july-18-2014 <p></p><p>This week, GOP gubernatorial hopeful Bruce Rauner proposed more ways to fix the state's budget woes.&nbsp; Also, a state legislative commission has pushed back the investigation into Governor pat Quinn's controversial Neighborhood Recovery Initiative until October.</p><p></p> Fri, 18 Jul 2014 20:53:15 +0000 Bob Meyer 29570 at http://wuis.org Listen to State Week - July 18, 2014 Listen to State Week - July 11, 2014 http://wuis.org/post/listen-state-week-july-11-2014 <p></p><p>More details are emerging on the Illinois Inspector General's probe into political hiring at Metra.&nbsp; Also, a call for further investigation into Governor Quinn's Neighborhood Recovery Initiative.</p><p></p><p></p> Fri, 11 Jul 2014 19:27:02 +0000 Bob Meyer 29088 at http://wuis.org Listen to State Week - July 11, 2014 Listen to State Week - July 4, 2014 http://wuis.org/post/listen-state-week-july-4-2014 <p></p><p>This week, the Illinois Supreme Court ruled that state employee pension benefits are protected under the state constitution, countering lawmaker's efforts to overhaul the state's underfunded pension system.</p><p></p> Fri, 04 Jul 2014 19:11:14 +0000 Bob Meyer 28620 at http://wuis.org Listen to State Week - July 4, 2014 Listen To State Week - June 27, 2014 http://wuis.org/post/listen-state-week-june-27-2014 <p></p><p>Topics this week include gubernatorial hopeful Bruce Rauner's latest statements on how to balance the state budget and the latest questions about why his daughter was accepted as a student at an elite Chicago high school.&nbsp; Also, Governor Pat Quinn facing criticism after a disastrous audit of his Chicago anti-violence program.</p><p></p> Fri, 27 Jun 2014 19:13:07 +0000 Bob Meyer 28180 at http://wuis.org Listen To State Week - June 27, 2014 Listen To State Week - June 20, 2014 http://wuis.org/post/listen-state-week-june-20-2014 <p></p><p>Citizen initiatives on redistricting and term limits are facing challenges on their way toward inclusion on the November ballot.&nbsp; Governor Quinn signs legislation undoing cuts to the Medicaid program.&nbsp; Also, Illinois Congressman Peter Roskam loses his bid to join the House leadership team in Washington D.C.</p><p></p> Fri, 20 Jun 2014 21:42:58 +0000 Bob Meyer 27704 at http://wuis.org Listen To State Week - June 20, 2014 Listen To State Week - June 13, 2014 http://wuis.org/post/listen-state-week-june-13-2014 <p></p><p>This week, gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner chimes in on how to fix the state's budget woes.&nbsp; Also, State Representative Derrick Smith loses his seat after his conviction on Federal corruption charges, and new developments in the case leveled against state Treasurer Dan Rutherford.</p><p></p> Fri, 13 Jun 2014 21:57:59 +0000 Bob Meyer 27220 at http://wuis.org Listen To State Week - June 13, 2014 Listen To State Week - June 6, 2014 http://wuis.org/post/listen-state-week-june-6-2014 <p></p><p>A recap of the end of the just-completed Spring Legislative Session.</p><p></p> Fri, 06 Jun 2014 19:17:45 +0000 Bob Meyer 26744 at http://wuis.org Listen To State Week - June 6, 2014 Listen To State Week - May 30, 2014 http://wuis.org/post/listen-state-week-may-30-2014 <p></p><p>As the Spring Session nears its end, the House and Senate agree on a state spending plan, but a decision on keeping the state income tax at its current level will probably be held off until after November.&nbsp;&nbsp; Also, House Speaker Madigan suggests divorcing the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum from the Illinois State Historic Preservation Agency.</p><p></p> Fri, 30 May 2014 19:27:03 +0000 Bob Meyer 26276 at http://wuis.org Listen To State Week - May 30, 2014 Listen To State Week - May 23, 2014 http://wuis.org/post/listen-state-week-may-23-2014 <p></p><p>No agreement so far on a state budget, while debate continues on whether or not to make the temporary state income tax permanent.</p><p></p> Fri, 23 May 2014 18:47:45 +0000 Bob Meyer 25782 at http://wuis.org Listen To State Week - May 23, 2014 Listen To State Week - May 16, 2014 http://wuis.org/post/listen-state-week-may-16-2014 <p></p><p>This week the Illinois House passed a spending bill that surpasses projected state revenues, leading to more debate over allowing the temporary income tax to expire.&nbsp; Also, judicial action has put the state's pension overhaul on hold.</p><p></p><p></p><p></p> Fri, 16 May 2014 19:24:07 +0000 Bob Meyer 25286 at http://wuis.org Listen To State Week - May 16, 2014 Listen To State Week - April 25, 2014 http://wuis.org/post/listen-state-week-april-25-2014 <p></p><p>House Speaker Michael Madigan is elected to a 5th term as Chairman of the Illinois Democratic party and more allegations are being made that patronage plays a factor in hiring decisions at the Illinois Department of Transportation.</p><p></p> Fri, 25 Apr 2014 18:36:50 +0000 Bob Meyer 23805 at http://wuis.org Listen To State Week - April 25, 2014 Listen To State Week - April 18, 2014 http://wuis.org/post/listen-state-week-april-18-2014 <p></p><p>This week, the legislature works to bring the proposed Barack Obama presidential library and museum to Chicago, more information on corruption charges leveled against lawmaker Derrick Smith, and the debate over charter schools currently taking place at the Statehouse.</p><p></p> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 19:30:05 +0000 Bob Meyer 23287 at http://wuis.org Listen To State Week - April 18, 2014 Listen To State Week - April 11, 2014 http://wuis.org/post/listen-state-week-april-11-2014 <p></p><p>This week, a discussion of a pair of constitutional amendments on the ballot this fall, the city of Chicago gets a pension overhaul, and Gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner deals with an unwelcome endorsement.</p><p></p> Fri, 11 Apr 2014 19:47:57 +0000 Bob Meyer 22836 at http://wuis.org Listen To State Week - April 11, 2014 Listen To State Week - April 4, 2014 http://wuis.org/post/listen-state-week-april-4-2014 <p>This week, a proposal for a state constitutional amendment on voting rights, a proposal for a graduated tax rate, and suggestions for a pension change for the city of Chicago.</p><p></p><p></p> Fri, 04 Apr 2014 20:03:28 +0000 Bob Meyer 22340 at http://wuis.org Listen To State Week - April 4, 2014 Listen To State Week - March 28, 2014 http://wuis.org/post/listen-state-week-march-28-2014 <p></p><p>This week, Governor Quinn's proposed state budget.</p><p></p> Fri, 28 Mar 2014 21:36:57 +0000 Bob Meyer 21848 at http://wuis.org Listen To State Week - March 28, 2014 Listen To State Week - March 21, 2014 http://wuis.org/post/listen-state-week-march-21-2014 <p></p><p>This week, a discussion of Tuesday's election results.</p><p></p> Fri, 21 Mar 2014 19:35:45 +0000 Bob Meyer 21359 at http://wuis.org Listen To State Week - March 21, 2014 Listen To State Week - March 14, 2014 http://wuis.org/post/listen-state-week-march-14-2014 <p></p><p>More discussion of the upcoming primary elections.</p><p></p> Fri, 14 Mar 2014 21:18:08 +0000 Bob Meyer 20896 at http://wuis.org Listen To State Week - March 14, 2014 Listen To State Week - March 7, 2014 http://wuis.org/post/listen-state-week-march-7-2014 <p></p><p>This week, more discussion of the upcoming primary elections, gun rights activists press for fewer restrictions, and differences of opinion in the state legislature over next year's budget.</p><p></p> Fri, 07 Mar 2014 19:37:26 +0000 Bob Meyer 20389 at http://wuis.org Listen To State Week - March 7, 2014 Listen To State Week - February 28, 2014 http://wuis.org/post/listen-state-week-february-28-2014 <p></p><p>This week, money and the run-up to the Republican gubernatorial primary.&nbsp; Also, a scathing audit result for a state anti-violence program.</p><p></p> Fri, 28 Feb 2014 20:24:49 +0000 Bob Meyer 19944 at http://wuis.org Listen To State Week - February 28, 2014 Listen To State Week - February 21, 2014 http://wuis.org/post/listen-state-week-february-21-2014 <p></p><p>This week, the latest news from the candidates vying for the Republican nomination in the next Governor's race.</p><p></p> Fri, 21 Feb 2014 19:47:50 +0000 Bob Meyer 19454 at http://wuis.org Listen To State Week - February 21, 2014 Listen To State Week - February 14, 2014 http://wuis.org/post/listen-state-week-february-14-2014 <p></p><p>This week, further discussion of the candidates vying for the Republican Gubernatorial nomination.</p><p></p> Fri, 14 Feb 2014 20:04:08 +0000 Bob Meyer 19004 at http://wuis.org Listen To State Week - February 14, 2014 Listen To State Week - February 7, 2014 http://wuis.org/post/listen-state-week-february-7-2014 <p></p><p>Among the topics this week: State Treasurer Dan Rutherford denies allegations of sexual harassment and Governor Pat Quinn moves the annual Budget Address to late March.</p><p></p> Fri, 07 Feb 2014 20:14:40 +0000 Bob Meyer 18533 at http://wuis.org Listen To State Week - February 7, 2014 Listen To State Week - January 31, 2014 http://wuis.org/post/listen-state-week-january-31-2014 <p></p><p>This week, a discussion of Governor Pat Quinn's State of the State address.</p><p></p> Fri, 31 Jan 2014 22:12:12 +0000 Bob Meyer 18073 at http://wuis.org Listen To State Week - January 31, 2014 Listen To State Week - January 24, 2014 http://wuis.org/post/listen-state-week-january-24-2014 <p></p><p>This week, a discussion of Thursday's debate in Peoria among the hopefuls to be the Republican candidate in the upcoming governor's race.</p><p></p> Fri, 24 Jan 2014 19:51:00 +0000 Bob Meyer 17565 at http://wuis.org Listen To State Week - January 24, 2014 Listen To State Week - January 17, 2014 http://wuis.org/post/listen-state-week-january-17-2014 <p></p><p>Among this week's topics: Republican Gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner's statements on whether or not he used his clout to get his daughter into an elite school, Tio Hardiman's challenge to Governor Pat Quinn as the possible Democratic candidate for governor, and also new political endorsements from Illinois unions.</p><p></p> Fri, 17 Jan 2014 21:16:29 +0000 Bob Meyer 17184 at http://wuis.org Listen To State Week - January 17, 2014 Listen To State Week - January 10, 2014 http://wuis.org/post/listen-state-week-january-10-2014 <p></p><p>This week's topics include how the debate over the state's minimum wage may affect the Republican candidates for Governor, and calls for a change of leadership at the state's Department of Corrections.</p><p></p> Fri, 10 Jan 2014 19:30:05 +0000 Bob Meyer 16689 at http://wuis.org Listen To State Week - January 10, 2014 Listen To State Week - January 3, 2014 http://wuis.org/post/listen-state-week-january-3-2014 <p></p><p>This week's topics include the state's system for accepting Concealed-Carry applications, the many lawsuits filed against the recent law changing the state's pension system, and a look back at some top stories from 2013.</p><p></p> Fri, 03 Jan 2014 19:26:34 +0000 Bob Meyer 16235 at http://wuis.org Listen To State Week - January 3, 2014 Listen To State Week - December 27, 2013 http://wuis.org/post/listen-state-week-december-27-2013 <p></p><p>This week, an overview of some of the top stories from the past year.</p><p></p> Fri, 27 Dec 2013 18:37:02 +0000 Bob Meyer 15829 at http://wuis.org Listen To State Week - December 27, 2013 Listen To State Week - December 20, 2013 http://wuis.org/post/listen-state-week-december-20-2013 <p></p><p>This week's topics include Governor Quinn's agreement with AFSCME on how to cull Medicaid rolls, a change to how the state will accept concealed carry applications, and Archer Daniel Midland's decision to keep its corporate HQ in Illinois.</p><p></p> Fri, 20 Dec 2013 20:33:21 +0000 Bob Meyer 15448 at http://wuis.org Listen To State Week - December 20, 2013