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
6:30 am
Tue March 24, 2015

Illinoisans say more revenue and less budget cuts

When lawmakers in Springfield begin crafting a state budget for next year they'll have $2 billion less to work with than they had last year.  That decrease stems from a drop in state's income tax rate, but a new survey says Illinoisans would be up for new revenue, if it meant fewer cuts.

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State News
5:21 pm
Mon March 23, 2015

Rauner reacts to recent approval rating

In the two months Governor Bruce Rauner has been in office, the Republican's approval rating has taken a bit of a dip, according to several recent surveys.  

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State News
4:12 pm
Mon March 23, 2015

Illinois Lawmakers and Governor disagree on Budget

There's just one week left until lawmakers in Springfield go on a two-week spring break, and leaders from both parties say they want to use this week to close the budget holes left in this year's budget. 


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State News
6:39 am
Thu February 19, 2015

IFT responds to Rauner's budget

Governor Bruce Rauner has long blamed Illinois' pension systems for the state's budget woes. He not only says public employee unions have too much power in negotiating pension deals, but also that the nature of the plan itself -- defined benefit -- is fiscally irresponsible.

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State News
4:55 pm
Mon February 9, 2015

Interfund borrowing might balance state budget

Since his election in November, Governor Bruce Rauner has expressed surprise about what he says he's "discovering" in the state's budget. As it turns out, Rauner has been setting himself up to ask for special budgeting powers.

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State News
4:08 pm
Fri February 6, 2015

Rauner touts agenda in Peoria, Decatur stops

Governor Rauner speaks in Peoria to a group of reporters.
Credit Alex Rusciano

Governor Bruce Rauner is staking out his political ground and digging in his heels, preparing for what could be multiple showdowns with the Democrat-controlled legislature this Spring. In a speech in Decatur this morning, the governor reiterated his plans to attract more business to Illinois, the governor also made a similar speech in Peoria.

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State News
5:55 pm
Wed February 4, 2015

Rauner proposes lifting cap on charter schools

Aside from his successful career in the business world, Governor Bruce Rauner's other pre-election claim to fame was his work in the education community. Rauner ran for office on a promise to increase funding to classrooms, and rethink how money is funneled from the state down to schools.

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State News
4:34 pm
Mon February 2, 2015

U of I student's death treated as homicide

The family of missing University of Illinois student Vincente Mundo confirmed he has died. Mundo’s body was found in Savoy on Saturday. The family's identified the remains. 

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Politics
5:40 am
Tue December 30, 2014

Illinois Politics Year In Review/Look Ahead

It's been 12 years since Illinois had a Republican in the governor's mansion. But in two weeks, governor-elect Bruce Rauner will be sworn in, breaking that Democratic streak and attempting to live up to his campaign promise to "shake up Springfield." Illinois Public Radio's Hannah Meisel spoke with IPR's statehouse bureau chief Amanda Vinicky about the year in Illinois Politics, and what lies ahead for a state lagging behind the nation in economic recovery

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State News
5:55 am
Fri December 19, 2014

Proposed eavesdropping law allows recording police (contrary to internet rumors)

Credit David Schaper / NPR

Nine months after the Illinois Supreme Court struck down the state’s eavesdropping law, the legislature passed a bill to replace it. The legislation, which defines eavesdropping and its consequences, is currently waiting on the governor's desk.

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