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
7:42 am
Fri May 22, 2015

Millionaires’ Tax fails in Illinois House

As Illinois lawmakers grapple with a budget shortfall, a measure to impose a tax on millionaires' income came up short. 

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NPR Story
8:13 am
Thu May 21, 2015

This Way To Exit: Budget, Or Turnaround

Is there an exit strategy for the end of session?

Originally published on Thu May 21, 2015 9:30 am

By the end of this month, Illinois legislators are slated to be done with their work. That means passing a new budget. Amanda Vinicky checks in with how that's progressing -- including in the eyes of the state's new governor. 

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NPR Story
8:12 am
Thu May 21, 2015

"Expect A Very Long Extra Session" - Gov. Rauner

Gov. Bruce Rauner unveiled his budget in mid-February; months later there's no agreement. Democrats are working on a plan, but Rauner's priority appears to be restructuring government.
Amanda Vinicky WUIS / Illinois Issues

Originally published on Thu May 21, 2015 12:40 pm

Gov. Bruce Rauner has stayed out of the public eye for the past couple of days. But he's making his feelings on the budget known in an op-ed that came out late Wednesday night.

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State News
1:17 pm
Wed May 20, 2015

Illinois House Committee approves “Millionaires’ Tax”

A non-binding referendum showed 64% of voters approved of Illinois adding an extra surcharge on millionaires' income.  

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NPR Story
12:48 pm
Wed May 20, 2015

Taxing Illinois' Millionaires

Originally published on Wed May 20, 2015 1:50 pm

Illinois lawmakers are debating whether the wealthy should take on a bigger tax burden.

Democratic House Speaker Michael Madigan first surged the idea before last year's election, when .01-percenter Bruce Rauner was just a candidate.

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Government
10:47 pm
Tue May 19, 2015

Budget Bickering Crescendos; Options Ahead

With just a dozen days until the General Assembly is set to adjourn, there is a crescendo of partisan accusations. Republican and Democratic legislators both continue to publicly say they hope to reach a bipartisan budget solution, even as both sides accuse the other of bargaining in bad faith.

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NPR Story
7:16 am
Tue May 19, 2015

Will Tobacco Company Philip Morris Have To Pay This Time?

Originally published on Tue May 19, 2015 1:26 pm

A case with a $10 billion verdict at stake returns to the Illinois Supreme Court this morning a decade after justices threw it out. 

The heart of the question is whether tobacco giant Philip Morris defrauded smokers by pitching "light" cigarettes.

Back in 2003, a court ruled "yes" and granted smokers a monster $10 billion judgment. It was reversed by the Illinois Supreme Court, citing federal regulations. It volleyed the case down to a lower court.

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NPR Story
6:48 am
Tue May 19, 2015

Why They Walk: When Legislators Don't Vote

The vote tally when the House voted on House Speaker Michael Madigan's version of Gov. Bruce Rauner's right-to-work local zones.

Originally published on Tue May 19, 2015 1:11 pm

Look at the photo on this post; it's the board of the Illinois House after representatives voted on House Speaker Michael Madigan's version of Gov. Bruce Rauner's local right-to-work zones. 

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State News
4:15 pm
Fri May 15, 2015

Legislators to vote on Millionaires’ tax

A non-binding referendum on a so-called millionaires' tax got support from about 64% of Illinois voters during the last election.  Now it's legislators' turn, they'll be asked to vote on it next week. 

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State News
9:45 am
Fri May 15, 2015

House Turns Down Governor's Right-To-Work Turnaround

Originally published on Fri May 15, 2015 11:55 am

Illinois Democrats have knocked one of the new Republican governor's top priorities down to an easy defeat. The Illinois House yesterday voted against Bruce Rauner's notion of local right-to-work zones. The issue is highly contentious on its own. But a broader division was also at play. Before we get to the right-to-work debate, it's important to rewind some.

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