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Amanda Vinicky has covered Illinois politics and government for WUIS and the Illinois Public Radio network since 2006. Highlights include reporting on the historic impeachment and removal from office of former Gov. Rod Blagojevich, winning a national award for her coverage of Illinois' electric rate fight as a result of deregulation, and following Illinois' delegations to the Democratic and Republican national political conventions in '08 and '12.
Though she's full-time with WUIS now, she previously interned with the station in graduate school; she graduated from the University of Illinois Springfield's Public Affairs Reporting program in '05. She also holds degrees in journalism and political science from the University of Illinois Urbana Champaign.
Amanda is insatiably curious, so please reach out to her and get in touch if you notice something interesting going on at the Capitol! She can be reached at (217) 206-6019 or (773) 217-0316. If she's not in the statehouse bureau, you can usually find Amanda tweeting, dining at a local restaurant, taking a jog around Springfield or Chicago or practicing yoga.
Rachel covers local news including arts & culture and education. She's a 2012 graduate of the Public Affairs Reporting Program at the University of Illinois Springfield. While working toward that degree Rachel spent a semester covering the legislature for WUIS and Illinois Public Radio.
She cut her teeth in radio in 2011 by interning for the National Public Radio program Tell Me More with Michel Martin in Washington DC. Her reports have also appeared on NPR's Weekend Edition, NPR's All Things Considered, NPR's Morning Edition, and WorkingNow.org.
Rachel welcomes listeners to email her with tips on potential local stories.