Brian Mackey

Brian Mackey covers state government and politics for Illinois Issues magazine, WUIS and a dozen other public radio stations across Illinois. He was previously A&E editor at The State Journal-Register and Statehouse bureau chief for the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin. He can be reached at (217) 206-6412.

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State News
6:15 am
Tue June 30, 2015

Union Targets Governor With TV Ads

Home healthcare worker Dori Curtis, left, and client Betty Wessing appear in this screen shot of an ad from SEIU Healthcare Illinois.

Originally published on Mon June 29, 2015 3:26 pm

Gov. Bruce Rauner’s political ads have had the airwaves to themselves for two weeks. But as of Monday they’re getting some competition.

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State News
6:40 am
Fri June 26, 2015

Joseph Bigsby, Who Killed Chicago Police Officer As Teen, Out On Parole At 58

The Illinois Prisoner Review Board meets Thursday, June 25, 2015, in Springfield.
Brian Mackey WUIS

Originally published on Fri June 26, 2015 2:02 pm

One of the longest-serving inmates in an Illinois prison was granted parole Thursday. Joseph Bigsby was a teenager in 1973 when he shot and killed a Chicago police officer.

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NPR Story
6:38 am
Tue June 23, 2015

Want A Bad Business Climate? Try A Shutdown

Sen. Dick Durbin speaks with reporters in this 2014 file photo.
Hannah Meisel WUIS

Originally published on Mon June 22, 2015 11:28 am

With Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner and the Democratic legislative leaders unable to agree on a spending plan for Illinois, the odds of a government shutdown are increasing. U.S. Senator Dick Durbin says that sort of crisis would be bad for business.

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Peoria Public Radio News
12:14 pm
Mon June 22, 2015

Sen. Durbin: State shutdown would be a disaster

  With Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner and the Democratic legislative leaders unable to agree on a spending plan for Illinois … the odds of a government shutdown are increasing. U-S Senator Dick Durbin says that sort of crisis would be bad for business.

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Courts
6:41 pm
Thu June 18, 2015

IL Supreme Court to Comcast: give up online identity

The Illinois Supreme Court says Comcast must give up the identity of an anonymous online commenter.  The individual in question is being sued for defamation, for a web post comparing a Stephenson County politician to Penn State pedophile Jerry Sandusky.  The politician’s lawyer, Andrew Smith, says the same rules apply whether comments are made on the radio, in a newspaper or online.

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State News
9:45 pm
Thu June 4, 2015

Dems Call Workers' Comp Vote An 'Olive Branch'

Mark Denzler, left, and Jay Shattuck testified on behalf of business groups opposed to the House Democrats' worker's compensation legislation.
Brian Mackey WUIS

Originally published on Fri June 5, 2015 9:45 am

The Illinois House met in Springfield Thursday for an unusual June session. Democrats took a series of votes on changes to the workers’ compensation system.

Illinois just enacted a big, bipartisan overhaul of workers’ comp a few years ago. But Gov. Bruce Rauner says costs are still too high, and that more changes are needed.

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NPR Story
5:20 pm
Thu June 4, 2015

Without Budget, Governor Foresees 'Major Restructuring Of The Government'

Gov. Bruce Rauner meets with members of his cabinet Wednesday in a state office building near the Capitol.
Brian Mackey WUIS/Illinois Issues

Originally published on Thu June 4, 2015 1:27 pm

Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner issued a budget warning to members of his cabinet on Wednesday.

Rauner told top officials get ready in case Illinois doesn’t have a budget in place by the state of the new fiscal year on July 1.

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NPR Story
6:43 am
Fri May 29, 2015

What Sank Gov. Rauner's 'Turnaround Agenda'?

Senate Republican Leader Christine Radogno, left, presents part of Gov. Bruce Rauner's "Turnaround Agenda" with gubernatorial aides Richard Goldberg, center, and Jennifer Hammer.
Brian Mackey WUIS/Illinois Issues

Originally published on Thu June 4, 2015 1:56 pm

As the Illinois General Assembly’s spring legislative session comes to a close, Gov. Bruce Rauner has failed win passage of his "Turnaround Agenda." Brian Mackey has this assessment of three of the most common theories as to why.

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NPR Story
6:14 am
Thu May 28, 2015

Lincoln Museum Inching Closer To Independence

Members of the advisory board for the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum have been pushing to make it an independent state agency.
ALPLM

Originally published on Wed May 27, 2015 11:56 pm

The Illinois House is advancing a proposal to revamp the management of the state-run Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum.

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State News
3:38 pm
Wed May 27, 2015

Senate Democrats vote down governor’s worker’s comp reform

The Illinois Senate began taking up parts of Governor Bruce Rauner’s pro-business agenda today.   They’re just as quickly taking them out.

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