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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State News
4:50 pm
Tue October 28, 2014

The Lone Justice Fighting For Retention

There's only one Illinois Supreme Court Justice on the ballot this November. Some high-dollar contributors are hoping they can remove him from office, something that has never before happened

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State News
7:12 am
Tue October 28, 2014

Profile: Republican nominee for Il Attorney General Paul Schimpf

Most of the candidates running statewide races won their spot with party support. But not Paul Schimpf, the Republican nominee for Attorney General, who won the nomination on his own. He's trying to unseat Democrat Lisa Madigan. Schimpf introduces himself to voters. 

Schimpf says he's running to win but if he does lose, the 43-year-old Waterloo resident expects to start a small, legal practice.

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State News
4:42 pm
Mon October 27, 2014

Illinois adds additional guidelines to limit ebola spread

Illinois' O'Hare Airport is one of five in the nation where travelers from West Africa must undergo extra screening for Ebola. But now the state has additional guidelines to prevent the virus' potential spread. What to do is the latest disagreement in an already adversarial race for governor.

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State News
6:57 am
Mon October 27, 2014

Immigrant Rights Groups: Demand Oustrips Slots For Driver's Licenses

Illinois offers a "TVDL," or temporary visitor driver's license, to undocumented immigrants and non-visa seeking residents who have lived in the state at least one year, but advocates say the wait for an appointment is often too long.

Originally published on Mon October 27, 2014 5:22 am

Immigrant rights groups say Illinois needs to improve its program for issuing drivers licenses to undocumented immigrants. The program started last December.

When Illinois created a special drivers license for people without permission to be in the country, supporters said it would make the roads safer. In order to get one, an applicant has to have auto insurance and pass a driving test.

As of the end of September, more than 64,600 people had succeeded. But activists like Martin Torres, with the Latino Policy Forum, say others are being held up.

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State News
5:32 pm
Fri October 24, 2014

Polls show tight race for Illinois Governor

With the November Fourth election steadily approaching, polls continue to show a tight race between Governor Pat Quinn and Republican equity investor Bruce Rauner. 

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State News
3:43 pm
Thu October 23, 2014

Early voting encountering problems

Thousands of Illinois voters have already cast their ballots for November's election. There have been a couple bumps in the road this first week of voting.

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State News
3:29 pm
Wed October 22, 2014

IDOT gets court-appointed monitor

The Illinois Department of Transportation will get a court-appointed special monitor to prevent future breaches of state hiring laws.  It comes after a lawsuit, and a scathing report from Illinois' inspector general, both outlining patronage at the agency.

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State News
3:49 pm
Tue October 21, 2014

Race for Illinois Governor raising big money

At least 53 million dollars has been spent so far on the race for Illinois governor making it one of the most expensive match-ups in the nation. Details on a new report shows that most of that comes from relatively few donors. 

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State News
6:45 am
Mon October 20, 2014

Earlier Than Ever

Originally published on Mon October 20, 2014 3:25 am

Pres. Barack Obama visited Chicago Sunday, to encourage Illinois residents to vote, and to do it early. Early voting begins today, and runs until just before election day. That could change campaigns' strategies, or expand the electorate.

It used to be that campaigns geared up for one day: Election Day. Starting in 2006, Illinois residents were given the option of casting an early, in-person ballot. That used to last for a two-week span. Not this election. Voters have from today until Nov. 2 to vote early.

Look for people to take advantage of it.

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State News
6:43 am
Tue October 14, 2014

Politicians On Parade

Bruce Rauner gives a thumbs up to a child at Pilsen's Mexican Independence Day parade.

Originally published on Tue October 14, 2014 12:52 am

Children across Illinois had the day off from school Monday in honor of Columbus Day. Despite soggy weather, both Governor Pat Quinn and his Republican rival Bruce Rauner celebrated by walking down State St., for Chicago's Columbus Day parade. In an age when campaigns are increasingly high-tech, Amanda Vinicky took to the streets to find out why so many politicians spend so much time pounding the pavement.

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