Amanda Vinicky

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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Government
2:45 pm
Fri December 19, 2014

Quinn appoints Stermer as IL Comptroller

Credit http://www.communitymediaworkshop.org/

Democratic Governor Pat Quinn has chosen longtime friend Jerry Stermer -- his former chief of staff and current budget director -- to take over as Illinois' Comptroller.

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5:20 am
Fri December 19, 2014

Parties' Power Grabs In Battle For Comptroller; Quinn Calls Legislators Into Special Session

Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka's unexpected death has caused a political furor, as Illinois leaders disagree over a succession plan.

Originally published on Fri December 19, 2014 12:32 pm

Judy Baar Topinka, who died of a stroke last week, was no stranger to the dizzying world of Illinois politics. The state comptroller had also been state treasurer, served in the legislature and lost a race for governor to Rod Blagojevich. So it's easy to imagine that Topinka would not be surprised at the ongoing furor and partisan divide over how to replace her.

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State News
5:22 am
Thu December 18, 2014

Rauner Named Nation's Most Influential Pension Figure

Originally published on Wed December 17, 2014 1:43 pm

The trade magazine "Institutional Investor" has ranked Illinois' incoming governor as its most influential player in U.S. pensions. An article says Bruce Rauner may regret ever having run for office, given the state's massive longterm pension debt, and the difficulty he is expected to have in addressing it.

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State News
5:24 am
Wed December 17, 2014

Rauner Favors Merging Comptroller, Treasurer. Just Not Now.

Gov.-elect Bruce Rauner took a handful of questions from reporters following his appearance Tuesday at a Better Government Association in Springfield; the audience was delighted to hear that he'll live in the capital city.

Originally published on Tue December 16, 2014 11:00 pm

Many of Illinois' top politicians will pay their respects to the late Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka at a memorial service today (Wed., Dec. 17). Topinka died last week at the age of 70, shortly after having a stroke. Even as she's being mourned, political jockeying is underway to determine who'll next take her job.

Topinka passed away a month before she was to be sworn into her next term as Comptroller -- the position in state government responsible for paying the bills.

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State News
3:13 pm
Tue December 16, 2014

Agencies To Ask For More, Rauner Says ... Without Giving An Opinion On If They Deserve It Or Not

Illinois' next governor was back in the capital city Wednesday in part to meet with his budget team. Gov.-elect Bruce Rauner has already tried to make the case that Illinois' finances are worse than he thought. Now he's adding to his list of examples.  

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State News
5:43 am
Tue December 9, 2014

Quinn aide appointed to sports authority board

The former campaign manager for defeated Governor Pat Quinn has been given a two-year contract to run the Illinois Sports Facilities Authority just five weeks before the Democratic governor leaves his job. 

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State News
3:20 pm
Mon December 8, 2014

Online Ads Hint At Rideshare Expansion Downstate

Originally published on Mon December 8, 2014 3:10 pm

Hints are popping up that the controversial rideshare service called Uber may be expanding its reach in Illinois.

Uber is riding a wave of victory in Illinois. The company fended off regulations it said were too onerous, and helped the General Assembly craft a compromise measure instead. That's awaiting action from the governor.

But the rideshare service may already be making good on plan to grow outside the Chicago region.

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State News
6:31 am
Thu December 4, 2014

What's been accomplished in veto session?

Legislators scurried to pass a smattering of bills Wednesday, as the veto session neared its end. Although the Senate is set to meet Thursday morning, its calendar is fairly empty. 

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6:25 am
Thu December 4, 2014

Senate approves minimum wage hike; House adjourns

The prospect of a minimum wage hike has the Illinois House and Senate in a standoff, and is putting Governor Pat Quinn back in the spotlight during his waning time in office.

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5:54 am
Thu December 4, 2014

Rauner headed to nation's capital

After a couple of days in Illinois' capital, Governor-elect Bruce Rauner is going to the nation's. Rauner is scheduled to meet with Illinois' Congressional delegation in Washington, D.C. Thursday.

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