Amanda Vinicky

217-206-6019

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. 

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NPR Story
7:39 am
Fri March 27, 2015

Budget Fix Signed Into Law; Daycare Program Saved

For weeks, advocates like these childcare providers have called on legislators to remedy a budget shortfall.

Originally published on Thu March 26, 2015 8:19 pm

Republican Bruce Rauner has signed a temporary budget fix -- his first law since becoming governor earlier this year. 

Illinois' budget has a $1.6 billion dollar gap --- the result of a spending plan Democrats passed in the spring; some had hoped then for a post-election tax increase that never came to fruition.

Democratic Senator Heather Steans of Chicago says this will fill that gap.

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NPR Story
7:39 am
Fri March 27, 2015

Another Chance For Tornado-Ravaged Towns

A subdivision of Washington, Illinois after it was hit by a tornado; despite the extent of the damage, FEMA denied a public assistance grant.

Originally published on Thu March 26, 2015 8:10 pm

Illinois' Congressional delegation is trying to get the Federal Emergency Management Agency to revise how it distributes aid after natural disasters. As WUIS has previously reported, the lawmakers tried before to no avail.

When a tornado touched down in southern Illinois several years ago, devastating the small town of Harrisburg, FEMA turned down Illinois' request for disaster assistance.

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State News
5:44 am
Thu March 26, 2015

Senate Vote On Budget Fix Expected

Senate President John Cullerton says it took a compromise to reach a deal on the Fiscal Year 15 budget; a Senate vote is expected Thursday.

Originally published on Wed March 25, 2015 7:12 pm

A temporary budget fix is in the hands of Illinois Senators, who are expected to vote on the plan tomorrow. County courts, daycare providers who care for low-income kids, and the department of corrections' payroll for guards -- are nearing the end of their budget ropes.

After weeks of deliberations, the House on Tuesday hurriedly passed a stopgap for the $1.6 billion hole in the current year's budget, which ends June 30.

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State News
4:28 pm
Mon March 23, 2015

Credit analyst talks about Illinois’ low credit rating

Illinois has the worst credit rating in the nation and that's largely due to its approximately 100 billion dollar long-term pension debt. 

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State News
8:09 am
Tue March 17, 2015

Rauner: Pension reform should happen, regardless of court ruling

Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner says he wants to pursue his pension proposal ... regardless of what the Illinois Supreme Court decides about the current law.

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State News
6:44 am
Mon March 16, 2015

Illinois Supreme Court invites legislators to attend evening session

Illinois' high court is opening its doors for a special evening session and the justices want the governor and legislators to be there. 

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State News
3:00 pm
Fri March 13, 2015

State Universities Retirement System has new director

A four-month nationwide search has led to the appointment of the State Universities Retirement System. 

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NPR Story
6:20 am
Thu March 12, 2015

Pension Case Reaches Climax At Supreme Court

Originally published on Wed March 11, 2015 11:34 pm

The many years legislators spent crafting a measure to rein in the state's pension costs came to a head yesterday in 52-and-a-half minute hearing before the Illinois Supreme Court. It's now up to the seven justices whether a law that reduces employees' and retirees' benefits is constitutional.

Even before then-Gov. Pat Quinn signed the pension overhaul into law just over a year ago, everyone knew it would come to this.

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State News
2:22 pm
Wed March 11, 2015

State funding for subsidized day care running out

With state money running dry, hundreds of protestors converged at the capitol in Springfield today to decry a budget shortfall that's hitting a subsidized day care program. 

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NPR Story
6:13 am
Tue March 10, 2015

Legal Battle Between Governor, Attorney General Begins

Attorney General Lisa Madigan has filed a legal motion to intervene in Gov. Bruce Rauner's federal lawsuit, seeking to rid of fair share dues.

Originally published on Mon March 9, 2015 8:01 pm

A legal battle over union fees is brewing, between Illinois Republican governor and Democratic Attorney General.

Illinois' Attorney General says Gov. Bruce Rauner had no authority to bring a fight over union dues to federal court. She's trying to dismiss the case.

Republican Gov. Rauner is trying to get rid of so-called "fair share" dues on two fronts: he's ordered state agencies to stop collecting them, and he's suing in federal court to toss out the underlying state law that requires them.

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