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
8:12 am
Fri July 3, 2015

Illinois refugee population at risk in state budget debacle

Credit East Central Illinois Refugee Mutual Assistance Center

 

As lawmakers in Springfield continue to fight over a state budget, service agencies across Illinois are beginning to operate in a reduced capacity. Thousands of human service agencies won't be receiving money from the state in the near future...including those who serve Illinois' population of immigrants and refugees. Illinois Public Radio's Hannah Meisel reports.

 

      

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State News
10:46 am
Mon June 1, 2015

Illinois Gov takes aim at lobbyists powerhouse

The Illinois State Capitol dome.
Credit Tanya Koonce / Peoria Public Radio

Governor Bruce Rauner continued to blame the state's financial problems on Democratic "special interests" Sunday evening as the regularly scheduled legislative session drew to a close. Among other changes the Republican governor would like is the weakening of lobbyists in Springfield a powerful group of statehouse regulars who've been around the capitol for years.

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State News
5:15 pm
Fri May 29, 2015

Politicians frustrated over Illinois Budget

As the General Assembly's spring session draws to a close in Springfield, nothing about the state's budget is solid ahead of Sunday's midnight deadline.   Politicians say this session's especially contentious process has left them with a bad taste in their mouths.

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State News
5:19 pm
Thu May 28, 2015

Legislation would limit community college president contracts to 4 years

Legislation that would cap contract lengths and severance pay for Illinois community college presidents is stalled in Springfield. 

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State News
8:19 am
Thu May 28, 2015

Democrats strike down term limits

Governor Bruce Rauner spent most of the past four months traveling around Illinois, touting his so-called "Turnaround Agenda." 

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State News
7:11 am
Thu May 28, 2015

Illinois Democrats advance budget despite deficit

Illinois Democrats advanced more of their budget Wednesday, despite the deficit it would create. At the same time they squashed some of the Republican governor's requests.

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State News
3:04 pm
Tue May 26, 2015

Despite funding cuts, rail safety training necessary

Despite the threat of state funding cuts to Illinois railroads, lawmakers are urging an increase in safety programs for rail operators.

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State News
8:14 am
Tue May 19, 2015

U of I President to petition Springfield for funding

It's the first week of summer break for students at the University of Illinois, but the for the U of I system's new president, it's the first week on the job.  

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State News
4:15 pm
Thu May 7, 2015

State of Illinois bringing down U of I credit rating

The University of Illinois' Chief Financial Officer says the state of Illinois is dragging its credit rating down.  

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State News
6:24 pm
Mon April 27, 2015

IDOT talks infrastructure

Governor Bruce Rauner has long promised major investments in Illinois' infrastructure system, but has been short on suggestions for how to pay for construction.  Rauner's administration says it's asking taxpayers their opinions on shoring up a public works program.

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