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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State News
7:15 am
Thu January 29, 2015

Rauner High On List of "Sugar Daddies Of State Politics"

Bruce Rauner spent record amounts of money for an Illinois statewide race to win the governor's office in November.

Originally published on Wed January 28, 2015 7:55 pm

The millions of dollars Republican Governor Bruce Rauner poured into his campaign landed him near the top of a national list of last year's biggest campaign contributors to state races.

The Center for Public Integrity gathered data on political giving to state races. It then used that information to crown "sugar daddies of state politics."

Gov. Rauner and his wife, Diana, came in seventh.

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State News
3:31 pm
Wed January 28, 2015

Rauner tops list in campaign contributions

The Center for Public Integrity says Illinois' new governor is one of the "sugar daddies of states politics." 

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State News
12:08 am
Wed January 28, 2015

Rauner Raises Unions' Ire With Right-To-Work Plan

Gov. Bruce Rauner says there's a "corrupt bargain" between unions and politicians; he singles out Gov. Pat Quinn for getting campaign contributions from labor, then working out deals that Rauner says advantaged unions. One labor leader called the "corrupt bargain" notion illegal, and questioned if Rauner's beholden to the businessmen who've put millions of dollars into his campaign fund.

Originally published on Wed January 28, 2015 1:01 pm

Gov. Bruce Rauner amped up his anti-union rhetoric Tuesday at a speech in Decatur, a city with deep labor roots.  The Republican bemoaned prevailing wage  requirements on public projects for costing the state extra, said Project Labor Agreements are synonymous with "uncompetitive bidding" and introduced a plan to create local right-to-work zones.  

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State News
4:28 pm
Mon January 26, 2015

Leadership change for Illinois Department of Public Health

Illinois' director of public health under former Governor Pat Quinn has found a new job. Doctor LaMar Hasbrouck will take over next month as the head of the National Association of County and City Health Officials. 

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State News
5:43 am
Fri January 23, 2015

Speaker Madigan wants to tackle mental health issues

As a new legislative session gets underway, Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan is turning his attention toward mental health issues, and what can be done to prevent them from spiraling into devastating consequences.

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State News
4:12 pm
Thu January 22, 2015

Illinois Supreme Court denies pension law delay

The fate of Illinois' pension law will stay on the fast track. Illinois' Supreme Court justices Thursday denied a request for a delay. It can take a long time for a case to wind its way through the courts.

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State News
3:59 pm
Wed January 21, 2015

Governor Rauner OK after car accident

Governor Bruce Rauner is okay, after he was involved in a car accident Wednesday in Chicago. Gov. Rauner's motorcade was stopped at a red light on E. Randolph Street in Chicago, when two cars got into accident in front of him in the intersection, at Michigan Avenue. 

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State News
8:46 pm
Tue January 20, 2015

Potential Pension Case Holdup

Originally published on Thu January 22, 2015 2:58 pm

As they seek to permanently toss Illinois' pension overhaul, state employees and retirees are asking the state Supreme Court for more time to make their arguments. Lawyers filed the request Tuesday.

It's a case that's supposed to be on the fast track: After a Sangamon County judge in November found Illinois' pension law unconstitutional, the Attorney General appealed straight to the state supreme court -- which agreed to hear it on an expedited basis.

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State News
9:21 pm
Sun January 18, 2015

Bonuses On The Table, As New Governor Greets Employees Via Video

Unions in Illinois fought to keep Gov. Bruce Rauner from winning; more battles may be ahead.

Originally published on Tue January 20, 2015 9:23 am

Gov. Bruce Rauner's campaign rhetoric was a turnoff for Illinois' public employee unions; he continually blamed "union bosses" for contributing to the state's financial woes. Now Rauner's making direct appeals to workers.

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State News
6:26 am
Thu January 15, 2015

Some IL lawmakers welcome a divided government

A new class of legislators were sworn into office Wednesday, making the start of a new, two-year legislative session. It’s also the official beginning of a new period in Illinois politics. With Republican Bruce Rauner in the governor's mansion, Illinois will have a divided government for the first time in a dozen years. 

If you stand in the center of Illinois' capitol building, and look up - it's stunning. Mighty columns support an inner dome of illuminated stained glass. Nine thousand pieces of glass -- in bright yellow, orange, blue, white -- with the Illinois state seal in the center. There's a plaster frieze, painted bronze, encircling the dome, with paintings of historical scenes, though it's so high up making them out is admittedly difficult.

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