Illinois Lawmakers is the longest-running public television series providing continuing coverage of the Illinois General Assembly.
Launched in 1986, the program provides in-depth coverage and analysis of the General Assembly
by veteran Statehouse reporters, news features, and interviews with leading lawmakers
from both sides of the aisle. The program is broadcast during the spring session of the Illinois General Assembly and fall veto session. The series also provides live coverage and legislative reaction to the Governor’s State of the State and Budget Message speeches.
WED, FEB. 19TH AT 12:00PM
THE BUDGET ADDRESS
Illinois Lawmakers is produced in partnership by WSIU-TV Carbondale, WTVP-TV Peoria, and Illinois Public Media, Urbana.
Photo Above: Capitol Fax founder and publisher Rich Miller (left), WTTW Chicago Tonight correspondent Amanda Vinicky and Illinois Lawmakers host Jak Tichenor in the Illinois House of Representatives in Springfield. Photo: Todd Pilon, WTVP Peoria.
ABOUT THE 2019 FALL VETO SESSION
Keep up with what’s going on in the Statehouse with Illinois Lawmakers’ coverage of the 2019 Fall Veto session. Hosts Jak Tichenor, Rich Miller (Capitol Fax), and Amanda Vinicky (WTTW Chicago Tonight) will provide the latest news around key legislation such as the $45 billon capital funding bill, HB 1438 (cannabis), and expanded casino gambling. New episodes begin Fri, Nov. 15 at 7:30pm.
Fears of a looming global recession and billions of dollars in overdue bills have Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker warning state agencies to prepare for big cuts next fiscal year. "He's clearly trying to curb people's enthusiasm for new spending," said Illinois Lawmakers host Jak Tichenor. The Governor ordered agency heads to draw up plans for a six and a half percent budget reduction in the weeks leading up to the General Assembly's fall veto session in October and November.
Illinois continues to owe creditors upwards of seven billion dollars after lawmakers overrode former Governor Bruce Rauner's veto of a tax increase that ended the state's historic two-and-a-half-year budget impasse in 2017. "Lawmakers are expecting a relatively light agenda in the veto session since Pritzker only vetoed a handful of bills that were sent to him last spring, but worries over the budget will likely dominate much of the discussion that does take place under the Statehouse dome," Tichenor said.
Episode #3503: State of the Budget Address | Watch Online (aired 2/19/20)
Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker reflected on the accomplishments of his first year in office and called on lawmakers to pass ethics reforms, lower property taxes, and criminal justice reforms. Guests include newly-elected Senate Pres. Don Harmon (D), Senate Republican Leader Bill Brady, Assistant House Majority Leader Rep. Kelly Burke (D), and House Republican Leader Jim Durkin.
Episode #3502: State of the State | Watch Online (aired 1/29/20)
Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker reflected on the accomplishments of his first year in office and called on lawmakers to pass ethics reforms, lower property taxes, and criminal justice reforms in the spring session during his first State of the State speech. Guests include newly-elected Senate President Don Harmon (D) Oak Park, Senate Republican Leader Bill Brady of Bloomington, Assistant House Majority Leader Rep. Kelly Burke (D) Oak Lawn, and House Republican Leader Jim Durkin of Western Springs. Analysis by Capitolfax.com publisher Rich Miller and WTTW Chicago Tonight correspondent Amanda Vinicky. Hosted by Jak Tichenor.
Episode #3501: Fall Veto Session | Watch Online (aired 11/15/19)
Illinois Lawmakers okayed a plan to consolidate downstate police and fire pensions, debated legislative ethics reforms, and struggled with how tweak Chicago casino plans. Guests include: Rich Miller of Capitolfax.com, Senate Majority Leader Kimberly Lightford (D) Maywood, Senate Republican Leader Bill Brady of Bloomington, Rep. Michelle Mussman (D) Schaumburg, and Deputy House Republican Leader Tom Demmer of Dixon.
Episode #3408: Historic Session Ends | Watch Online (aired 6/7/19)
Lawmakers approve massive $45-billion capital bill and pass balanced $40-billion budget by large bipartisan margins after historic spring session ends in overtime. SIU Carbondale Political Scientist John Jackson joins host Jak Tichenor for overview of session. Sen. Andy Manar (D) Bunker Hill outlines the session's accomplishments with Tichenor and Rep. Terri Bryant (R) Murphysboro offers her insights into this spring's developments with WSIU's Jennifer Fuller.
Episode #3407: Crunch Time | Watch Online (aired 5/31/19)
Fair Tax Amendment clears General Assembly and recreational marijuana bill advances. Guests: Captiolfax.com publisher Rich Miller, Deputy House Majority Leader Will Davis (D) East Hazel Crest, Assistant House Republican Leader Grant Wehrli (R) Naperville, Assistant Senate Majority Leader Dave Koehler (D) Peoria, and Assistant House Republican Leader Tom Demmer (R) Dixon.