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
12:55 pm
Tue July 22, 2014

Trucker Questions: Are Police Above Illinois' Traffic Laws?

A screenshot of the video Brian Miner posted of being pulled over in June by an Illinois State Trooper.

Originally published on Tue July 22, 2014 1:05 pm

It has been just over half a year since Illinois made it illegal to talk on your phone while driving without the use of a hands-free device. There are some exceptions: you can hold your phone if your car is stopped -- say at a railroad crossing for a freight train -- and in park or neutral, or if you pull off onto the shoulder. The law also makes an exemption for law enforcement. A recent YouTube sensation that raises the question: should police get special treatment?

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State News
6:25 am
Mon July 21, 2014

Attorney General Wants To Send Concealed Carry Cases Out Of Court

Originally published on Mon July 21, 2014 12:07 am

Illinois gun owners who've been denied a concealed carry permit can appeal. But instead of going through the courts, Illinois' Attorney General wants a state panel to decide those cases.

There are about 200 concealed carry denials before Illinois courts, brought by people who say they shouldn't have been deemed dangerous or a threat to public safety by Illinois' Concealed Carry Licensing Review Board.

Until recently, applicants didn't actually know why they were rejected.

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State News
4:42 pm
Fri July 18, 2014

Schools may close on election day

Illinois students could get a day off of school come election day. IPR’s Amanda Vinicky reports on a law signed by the governor this afternoon.

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State News
5:38 pm
Thu July 17, 2014

Illinois Supreme Court not in a hurry to limit legislators’ terms

An effort to institute term limits in Illinois has hit a major road block.  The state Supreme Court says it will not rush to hear the case. 

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State News
2:32 pm
Wed July 16, 2014

Illinois lawmakers probe anti-violence program

A legislative hearing convened to probe a troubled anti-violence program run by Governor Pat Quinn is underway in Chicago.  

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State News
3:02 pm
Tue July 15, 2014

Legislators to decide whether to discuss or hold investigation of anti-violence program

Governor Pat Quinn's troubled anti-violence program will be in the spotlight Wednesday when a bipartisan legislative commission meets in Chicago.  

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State News
6:46 am
Tue July 15, 2014

Applicants Denied Concealed Carry Licenses Will Learn Why Under New Emergency Rules

Originally published on Tue July 15, 2014 6:47 am

  A year after Illinois legalized concealed carry, new rules are out to determine the process for deciding who can't carry a gun in public. The Illinois State Police issued the emergency rules Monday 7/14 afternoon.

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State News
4:24 pm
Mon July 14, 2014

Repealing state tax hike may affect bill payments

The amount of money Illinois owes to companies and organizations that have provided goods and services for the state is at its lowest level since 2010. But the accomplishment could be short-lived. 

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State News
3:30 pm
Fri July 11, 2014

Rauner blasts Quinn over anti-violence program

  Republican Bruce Rauner says Governor Pat Quinn needs to come clean on the anti-violence program that's a target of a federal probe.  

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State News
2:25 pm
Thu July 10, 2014

Clarksville Missouri dealing with flooded Mississippi River

  

The river levels on the Mississippi River, near Clarksville, Missouri have dropped a bit.  IPR's Amanda Vinicky reports.

It's almost an ironic invitation.  A gateway to the riverfront public park, at the edge of Clarksville's downtown, reads "touch the Mississippi."

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