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
3:13 pm
Fri April 17, 2015

Madigan forms budget oversight panel

Illinois' budget, and Governor Bruce Rauner's influence on it, will be examined by a special legislative committee. The House Speaker announced its formation today.

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State News
5:38 pm
Thu April 16, 2015

Governor snuffs out tobacco quitline

A free smoking cessation program has shut down. Twenty-seven of its workers were laid off yesterday, days after the tobacco quitline received a letter last Friday from the state public health department.  The letter said it would get no more money for the remainder of the fiscal year. 

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State News
4:38 pm
Wed April 15, 2015

Illinois House votes to honor worker contracts

Thousands of state employees are a step closer to receiving money they've been waiting on since 2011. 

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State News
1:48 pm
Wed April 15, 2015

Rauner promotes "Turnaround Agenda"

Governor Bruce Rauner has been traveling the state to promote his so-called "Turnaround Agenda."  But don't expect the General Assembly to act on it right away. 

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State News
6:04 am
Mon April 13, 2015

State legislators' spring break ends

Illinois legislators will return to Springfield this week after a two-week break. There's some suggestion it was their last hiatus for a while.

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State News
3:36 pm
Wed April 8, 2015

Inspector general steps down

The state official who led an investigation into political hiring under former Governor Pat Quinn's administration is resigning. 

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NPR Story
7:06 am
Wed April 8, 2015

Measure Would Ban Smoking In Cars With Children

Originally published on Tue April 7, 2015 4:05 pm

Illinois has been "smoke free" since 2008, when a state law banned anyone from lighting up within 15 feet of public places and businesses. Now legislators are considering broadening where smoking is prohibited.

I recently saw a bumper sticker that read "At Least I Can Still Smoke In My Car." Not for long, if a measure that recently got the approval of a Senate committee continues to advance.

The proposal would forbid adults from smoking if anyone under the age of 18 is in the car; doing so would trigger a $100 fine.

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State News
6:07 pm
Mon April 6, 2015

The last medical marijuana dispensary applicants gets clearance

After months of review, Illinois has reached a decision on whether a company that had made headlines during the governor's race will be able to sell medical marijuana under Illinois' new, and somewhat secretive, law.


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State News
5:53 pm
Mon April 6, 2015

Budget cuts cancel grants to social services

Governor Bruce Rauner's decision to cancel grants to some social services has upset advocates.  The move is being done to help close a budget gap. 

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State News
3:22 pm
Mon April 6, 2015

Ed Brady drops out of race for Schock’s seat

Another potential contender for former Congressman Aaron Schock's seat says he won't run after all.

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