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
6:55 am
Wed October 1, 2014

Watchdog group says next governor needs to overhaul prison system

A watchdog group says whoever wins the race for governor is going to face difficult choices about Illinois’ prisons. The group Wednesday is laying out what it’s calling a “roadmap” for overhauling crime and punishment, and wants to know where the candidates stand. 

The non-partisan John Howard Association says decades of “tough on crime” policies have led Illinois to lock up 49-thousand people in a system designed to hold 32-thousand.

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State News
2:47 pm
Tue September 23, 2014

Chicago Mayor wants penalties for drug possession reduced

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel Tuesday called on state lawmakers to reduce penalties for drug possession. 

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State News
4:29 pm
Wed September 10, 2014

New Jersey Governor campaigns for Rauner

Republicans across America have high hopes for Bruce Rauner's campaign to be the next governor of Illinois. Campaigning with him Wednesday in Springfield was New Jersey Governor Chris Christie. 

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State News
5:57 am
Fri August 29, 2014

IL education funding, pensions and credit worthiness

It’s expected to be some time before the courts decide whether Illinois can trim retirement benefits for public school teachers, university workers, and state employees. But the uncertainty continues to affect the credit outlook of schools and community colleges across the state. Illinois Public Radio's Brian Mackey writes about this in the latest Illinois Issues magazine and has this report:

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State News
3:55 pm
Mon July 21, 2014

Governor drops GED from Illinois law

Governor Pat Quinn recently signed legislation that will remove all references to the GED from Illinois law. It’s part of a much broader change in the education program for people who didn’t finish high school.

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State News
6:56 am
Mon June 23, 2014

Gov. Quinn approves minimum wage ballot question

Voters will get to weigh in on whether Illinois should raise its minimum wage for adults to 10 dollars an hour. Governor Pat Quinn approved the ballot question Sunday, and as IPR'S Brian Mackey reports, he wasted no time campaigning on the issue.

The question is just advisory. Lawmakers don’t have to heed the people’s advice, but supporters of the increase say they hope it’ll pressure reluctant legislators to go along.

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Politics
3:52 pm
Fri June 13, 2014

Conservative activist Jack Roeser died

  The Illinois Republican Party says longtime conservative activist Jack Roeser has died. The wealthy businessman spent years on the outside, fighting the party establishment. 

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Politics
3:28 pm
Thu June 12, 2014

More sexual harassment allegations filed against Dan Rutherford

A former state employee Thursday filed more allegations of political and sexual harassment against Illinois Treasurer Dan Rutherford. He's also expanding the list of defendants to include Mitt Romney's presidential campaign organization.

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State News
6:54 am
Tue June 10, 2014

Governor approves supplemental budget for current year

Governor Pat Quinn has approved a supplemental spending bill for the budget year ending June 30th. The 1.8 billion dollar package, signed Monday, pays down some of the state’s overdue bills.

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Environment
3:52 pm
Mon June 9, 2014

New regulations address global warming

 

As Democrats in coal states rush to distance themselves from new federal regulations intended to address global warming -- Senator Dick Durbin says Illinois is in a good position among coal-producing states. 

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