Amanda Vinicky

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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. 

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State News
6:57 am
Fri July 3, 2015

Illinois among several states with incomplete budgets

States with unfinished budgets.

 

The fiscal new year began Wednesday, and Illinois has no new spending plan in place. It could be awhile before one materializes. As Illinois Public Radio's Amanda Vinicky reports ... Illinois isn't alone.

  

Across the border in Wisconsin, lawmakers can't reach a spending deal. Over on the east coast, North Carolina is in budgetary flux. Pennsylvania's negotiations are dragging on. National Conference of State Legislatures' fiscal analyst Arturo Perez says more states than usual have unfinished budgets.

 

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State News
9:45 pm
Thu July 2, 2015

Budget Stalemate Moves To Court As Political Rhetoric Ratchets Up

Attorney General Lisa Madigan is sworn into a new term in January.

Originally published on Thu July 2, 2015 5:36 pm

 A stalemate that's left Illinois without a budget has taken a new political turn. It comes as the Attorney General is asking a court to determine what bills Illinois can pay when the state has no spending authority.

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State News
6:17 am
Wed July 1, 2015

Does No Budget Mean No Paychecks For State Workers?

Gov. Rauner speaks to reporters at the Illinois Emergency Management Agency in Springfield

Originally published on Tue June 30, 2015 11:32 am

Even if Illinois lawmakers and the governor can't reach a budget deal by Wednesday, state employees have another two weeks before they really need to worry about being paid. That's when their first paychecks of the new fiscal year are set to be issued.  But there's confusion over whether they'll get money after that point, or not.

An email sent by Gov. Rauner takes a reassuring tone.

"State employees will be paid for their work --- and I will do everything within my power to ensure you don’t miss a single payroll," he writes.

But will the money come through?

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State News
9:31 pm
Tue June 30, 2015

Illinois Without Spending Authority; Dems Try For Temporary Plan

Originally published on Wed July 1, 2015 5:38 am

Illinois is officially without a state budget -- the deadline to pass one came and went any movement toward a compromise. Lawmakers are poised to vote on a temporary version Wednesday.

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State News
4:34 pm
Tue June 30, 2015

IL Democrats preparing short-term budget

Credit http://www.ieanea.org/

As Illinois government nears the final hours of the fiscal year without a new state budget, Democrats are preparing a band-aid version.  An initial vote is anticipated Wednesday.

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State News
6:15 am
Tue June 30, 2015

Rauner, Madigan 'Circling Like Dogs'

Originally published on Thu July 2, 2015 10:20 am

Illinois legislators will return to Springfield Tuesday, leaving them one last day to get a budget deal in order. This year's spending plan expires at midnight on June 30. Not only is there no long-term agreement, there's no sign of a provisional one either.

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State News
6:15 am
Tue June 30, 2015

Deal Not Closer, After Meeting With Governor

Originally published on Tue June 30, 2015 5:43 am

It's the budget deadline day in Illinois. If a meeting yesterday between Governor Bruce Rauner and legislative leaders is any indication, they're not going to make it.

It's seemingly been weeks since Rauner, a Republican, meet with all four of the legislative leaders. Since what's believed to have been the last time they were all together, the governor began airing ads that attack Democratic House Speaker Michael Madigan. The state has also gotten a lot closer to a partial shutdown since then. They all got together yesterday.

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State News
10:15 pm
Mon June 29, 2015

Tuesday: deadline day in Illinois

It's the deadline day in Illinois.  If a meeting Monday between Governor Bruce Rauner and legislative leaders is any indication, they're not going to make it.

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State News
8:13 am
Mon June 29, 2015

The principles and personalities of Illinois' budget stalemate

Illinois legislators will return to Springfield TUESDAY leaving them a short time to get a budget deal in order. This year's spending plan expires by the end of the day. Not only is there no long-term agreement going into July, there's no sign of a provisional one either.  Illinois Public Radio's Amanda Vinicky sums up where things are:

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NPR Story
7:23 am
Mon June 29, 2015

What The Governor Wants

Originally published on Mon June 29, 2015 6:34 am

Illinois begins this week without a new budget --- though one is due by Wednesday. Last week, Governor Bruce Rauner revised his plan. He's now offering Chicago and other municipalities some pension relief.

Early on, Gov. Rauner made clear that his willingness to talk about the budget is contingent on what he calls "structural change."  Since the end of May, that has included five items:

1) a property tax freeze  (combined with changes he says will lower costs for municipalities but which unions see as an attack)

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