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
7:08 am
Fri October 10, 2014

Gov. Quinn brushes off results of NRI hearing

Four hours before Governor Pat Quinn and Republican Bruce Rauner debated in Peoria, a two-day long hearing on Governor Pat Quinn's troubled anti-violence program wrapped up in Chicago. The governor brushed off results of the hearing as nothing more than "political."

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State News
6:57 am
Thu September 25, 2014

Callis Leveraging Government Shutdown In Campaign Against Davis

Credit Charlie Schlenker / WGLT/Illinois Public Radio

It's been nearly a year since enrollment began for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act, and nearly a year since the federal government shut down over it.

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State News
6:54 am
Thu September 25, 2014

Durbin On Progress Against ISIS, Corporate Taxes

U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) campaigns in Champaign on Wednesday.
Credit Hannah Meisel / WILL/Illinois Public Radio

U.S. Senator Dick Durbin says the U.S. only has so much power over the terrorist group known as the Islamic State. American airstrikes expanded to Syria this week after six weeks of bombings over Iraq, where ISIS has strongholds. But Durbin says it's time for Iraqis to be the boots on the ground in the conflict, so the U.S. Army isn't forced to be.

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State News
10:48 am
Wed September 24, 2014

Columbia University law professor discusses Steven Salaita case

Columbia University Law Professor Katherine Franke
Credit law.columbia.edu

The University of Illinois community is still grappling with the case of Steven Salaita, the professor whose job offer was rescinded after he posted inflammatory comments about Israel on Twitter.

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State News
7:12 am
Tue September 23, 2014

Uof I Salaita discussion continues

Supporters of a would-be University of Illinois professor say they're not going to stop protesting a week and a half after the Board of Trustees voted to not hire Steven Salaita. A few dozen of the professor's allies on campus showed up to rally and speak at an Academic Senate meeting Monday.

Fourteen academic departments – all within the humanities – at the U of I's Urbana campus have reaffirmed their votes of no confidence in the campus' chancellor, Phyllis Wise, after she took back Salaita's faculty appointment in August.

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State News
6:27 am
Fri September 19, 2014

Salaita's supporters still hopeful he'll get his U of I teaching job back

Steven Salaita
Credit WILL/Illinois Public Radio

A week after the University of Illinois' Board of Trustees voted to not hire Steven Salaita, the professor's supporters are still hopeful he'll prevail over the school in a legal battle. That includes Columbia Law Professor Katherine Franke, who traveled to Urbana at her own expense Thursday, boycotting an invitation from the University--to lead a discussion on academic freedom.

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State News
6:24 am
Fri September 12, 2014

U of I Trustees Reject Salaita Hire On 8-1 Vote

A number of protesters were in the crowd for Thursday's U of I Trustees meeting, most of them backing Prof. Salaita
Credit Hannah Meisel / WILL/Illinois Public Radio

The University of Illinois board of trustees voted Thursday not to hire Steven Salaita, the professor whose job offer was withdrawn after he posted controversial, anti-Israel comments on Twitter.

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State News
7:05 am
Thu September 11, 2014

Does Prof. Salaita Have A Compelling Argument For Reinstatement?

Steven Salaita, joined by supporters and family before his Tuesday address at the University YMCA.
Credit Jim Meadows / Illinois Public Radio/WILL

Professor Steven Salaita won't be at today's U of I Board of Trustees meeting, but his presence will be felt. He's been at the center of controversy since the university rescinded its offer of a tenured position last month. Salaita says he has a right to the position he was offered, but does he have a case? Illinois Public Radio's Hannah Meisel reports.

 

First, some background. Last fall, Salaita accepted a position with the American Indian Studies Department at the U of I and resigned his tenured position at Virginia Tech. 

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State News
6:22 am
Mon September 8, 2014

Cases of Lyme disease up in Illinois

Credit health.com

Reported cases of Lyme disease are on the rise in Illinois. Instances of the illness have gone up about 250 percent in the last ten years. Melaney Arnold, with the Illinois Department of Public Health, says Lyme disease's carrier -- the deer tick -- has a carrier of its own.

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State News
6:24 am
Mon September 1, 2014

Libertarians file criminal complaint against the GOP

The Illinois Libertarian Party has filed a criminal complaint against the state's Republican Party. The Libertarians allege the GOP hired armed private investigators to go to the homes of voters who hadsigned the petitions to put the Libertarian slate on the November election ballot. 

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