Hannah Meisel

Hannah covers state government and politics for WUIS and Illinois Public Radio while working toward a master's degree in Public Affairs Reporting from the University of Illinois at Springfield.

She graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where she was managing editor for online at The Daily Illini. Hannah has also worked for NPR in Washington, D.C. 

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State News
3:29 pm
Fri December 5, 2014

Controversal U of I professor back for Spring Semester

Controversial University of Illinois professor James Kilgore will be back in the classroom in the Spring. Kilgore signed a contract this week, and will be teaching an eight-week undergraduate course on the Urbana campus.  

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State News
5:50 am
Fri December 5, 2014

Harvard Law Professor Charles Ogletree Talks Racial Injustice In America

Harvard Law Professor Charles Ogletree speaks with a lecture attendee Wednesday at the U of I.
Credit Hannah Meisel / WILL/Illinois Public Radio

The deaths this summer of two African American men at the hands of white police officers again brought racial tension to the national spotlight; The death of unarmed black teen Michael Brown in Ferguson resulted in a decision to not indict Officer Darren Wilson last month, and on Wednesday, a grand jury in New York decided to not charge NYPD Officer Daniel Pantaleo in the choking death of Eric Garner.

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State News
7:57 am
Wed December 3, 2014

Illinois Could Create Its Own State Health Exchange

Credit Wikimedia Commons

Illinois may soon take on the responsibility of running its own healthcare marketplace under the Affordable Care Act. The General Assembly is working against a New Year's deadline to create its own exchange, or risk losing millions of dollars from the federal government.

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State News
5:54 am
Tue December 2, 2014

Mike Frerichs Prepares For State Treasurer’s Office

State Senator Mike Frerichs (D) waiting for results in his race for state treasurer.
Credit Keenan Chan / WILL/Illinois Public Radio

Before State Senator Mike Frerichs is sworn in as Illinois' treasurer next month, he's got a few more votes to cast as a legislator.

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State News
4:45 pm
Mon December 1, 2014

Frerichs weighs-in on income tax vote

Before State Senator Mike Frerichs is sworn in as Illinois' treasurer next month, he's got a few more votes to cast as a legislator. But Frerichs doesn't think one of them will be for extending the 2011 temporary income tax increase.  

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State News
6:12 am
Thu November 20, 2014

Who’s Tim Killeen? Meet U of I’s 20th President

Incoming University of Illinois President Timothy Killeen addresses the Urbana campus at the Illini Union on Wednesday as outgoing President Bob Easter looks on.
Credit Hannah Meisel / WILL/Illinois Public Radio

The University of Illinois will have a new president come July after an eight month search and years of short-term leadership. The search committee picked State University of New York's Timothy Killeen for his success in research, and his experience dealing with tough fiscal situations.

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State News
6:14 am
Wed November 19, 2014

Race for Illinois Treasurer tightens

The race for Illinois treasurer changed course quickly Tuesday as late votes counted in several suburban counties showed a surge for Democrat Mike Frerichs. Frerichs took a lead of over 3,000 votes against Republican Tom Cross after posting large leads in suburban Cook County and other collar counties.

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State News
5:25 am
Tue November 18, 2014

Salaita sues U of I over emails, expects more legal action

Professor Steven Salaita addresses a large crowd of supporters at the University YMCA.
Credit Jim Meadows / WILL/Illinois Public Radio

Controversial professor Steven Salaita has filed suit against the University of Illinois, alleging the school won't turn over emails under the state's Freedom of Information Act.

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State News
4:21 pm
Thu November 13, 2014

Last U of I Trustee meeting for Governor Quinn

Governor Pat Quinn stopped by the University of Illinois Board of Trustees meeting in Chicago Thursday morning, his last as an ex-officio member. 

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State News
3:46 pm
Thu November 13, 2014

U of I Board to consider engineering-medical school in March

The University of Illinois will consider two competing proposals for medical schools in the Spring. The Board of trustees agreed at their meeting in Chicago today that they'll look at plans for a proposed engineering-based medical school for the Urbana campus in March. 

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