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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.

Illinois Lawmakers was 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.

“Illinois Lawmakers is produced in partnership by WSIU-TV CarbondaleWTVP-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.” -Jak Tichenor


2022 LEGISLATIVE SESSION


S37 E05: Gas Prices/Public Safety | Watch Online (aired 03/18/22)
Democrats and Republicans have different ideas on lowering gas prices at the pump and fighting violent crime in Illinois. Guests include Amanda Vinnicky of Chicago Tonight, Senate Republican Leader Dan McConchie of Hawthorn Woods, Senator Robert Peters (D) Chicago and Rep. Patrick Windhorst (R) Metropolis.

S37 E04: Budget, Ethics Reform | Watch Online (aired 03/11/22)
Illinois lawmakers are making headway on the new state budget and discussing ethics reform after the indictment of former House Speaker Michael Madigan on federal corruption charges. Guests include Rich Miller of Capitolfax.com, House Majority Leader Greg Harris (D) Chicago, Senator Cristina Castro (D) Elgin, and Senator John Curran (D) Downers Grove.

S37 E03: State of the State/Budget Message Reaction | Watch Online (aired 02/04/22)
Gov. J.B. Pritzker is proposing nearly a billion dollars in tax relief for Illinois residents in his new budget proposed for Fiscal 2023. Follow the reaction from all four legislative leaders including House Speaker Chris Welch (D) Hillside, Senate Republican Leader Dan McConchie of Hawthorn Woods, Senate President Don Harmon (D) Oak Park, and House Republican Leader Jim Durkin of Western Springs.


2021 LEGISLATIVE SESSION


S37 E01: Fall Veto Session  |  Watch Online (aired 10/29/21)
New congressional maps, repeal of the Parental Abortion Notification Act, and changes to the Health Care Right of Conscience Act kept Illinois lawmakers busy during the fall veto session in October. Guests: Rich Miller of Capitolfax.com, House Speaker Chris Welch (D) Hillside, Senate Republican Leader Dan McConchie of Hawthorn Woods, and Assistant House Republican Leader Dan Brady of Bloomington.

S36 E05: Spring Session Wrap-up  | Watch Online (aired 06/04/21)
Democratic majorities sent a $42.3-state billion budget and new legislative maps to Governor J.B. Pritzker before leaving Springfield but they may have to return to address important energy legislation. Guests include Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker (D) Chicago, Senate Republican Leader Dan McConchie (R) Hawthorn Woods, and House Speaker Chris Welch (D) Hillside. Commentary by Rich Miller of Cap

S36 E04: Re-Map Fight  | Watch Online (aired 05/28/21)
Democratic majorities in the House and Senate have drawn new legislative boundaries that pit many Republican incumbents against each other. GOP pledges court fight. Guests include Senate President Don Harmon (D) Oak Park, Assistant Republican House Leader Tim Butler (R) Springfield, and House Conference Chair Carol Ammons (D) Urbana. Commentary by Amanda Vinicky, WTTW Chicago Tonight Correspondent.

S36 E03: Partisan Divisions  | Watch Online (aired 05/21/21)
Political faultlines deepened as the Illinois General Assembly entered the final two scheduled weeks of the spring session. Guests include House Republican Leader Jim Durkin of Western Springs, Assistant Senate Majority Leader David Koehler (D) Peoria, and Senator Terri Bryant (R) Murphysboro. Commentary by Rich Miller of Capitolfax.com Co-hosts Jennifer Fuller and Jak Tichenor.

S36 E02: Budget Glitch  |  Watch Online (aired 05/14/21)
Illinois Lawmakers learned this week that the federal government may not allow Illinois to use part of billions of dollars in American Rescue Plan Act money to pay money borrowed for current fiscal year spending. Guests include Senate Republican Leader Dan McConchie of Hawthorn Woods, House Majority Leader Greg Harris (D) Chicago, and Deputy House Republican Leader Tom Demmer of Dixon.

S36 E01: Last Month of Spring Session Underway  |  Watch Online (aired 05/07/21)
Lawmakers are focused on passing a new state budget after an historic leadership change in the Illinois House of Representatives. Guests: House Speaker Emanuel “Chris” Welch (D) Hillside, Senate Republican Caucus Chair Jason Barickman (R) Bloomington, and Senate Executive Committee Chair Christina Castro (D) Elgin. Commentary: Rich Miller, Capitolfax.com. Co-hosts Jak Tichenor and Jennifer Fuller.


2020 SPRING LEGISLATIVE SESSION


Episode #3504: Spring Session | Watch Online (aired 06/05/20)
Coverage of the 2020 Spring Session of the Illinois General; Assembly.

Episode #3503: State of the Budget Address | Watch Online (aired 02/19/20)
llinois 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 01/29/20)
llinois 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.


2019 SPRING LEGISLATIVE SESSION


Episode #3501: Fall Veto Session | Watch Online (aired 11/15/19)
Lawmakers okayed a plan to consolidate downstate police and fire pensions, debated legislative ethics reforms, and struggled with how tweak Chicago casino plans. Guests: 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 #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.

Episode #3406: Spring Session Winds Down | Watch Online (aired 5/24/19)
Last week of spring session looms with fate of graduated income tax, capital bill, recreational marijuana, and gaming expansion still undecided. Guests: Daily Line correspondent Hannah Meisel, Deputy House Majority Leader Art Turner (D) Chicago, Assistant House Republican Leader Norine Hammond (R) Macomb, Assistant Senate Majority Leader Don Harmon (D) Oak Park, and Assistant Senate Republican Leader Dave Syverson (R) Rockford.

Episode #3405: DCFS and Higher Education | Watch Online (aired 5/17/19)
Governor J.B. Pritzker pledges overhaul of troubled Department of Children and Family Services and Senate leaders chart future for Illinois public higher education. Guests: Capitolfax.com publisher Rich Miller, Rep. Sara Feigenholtz (D) Chicago, Rep. Terri Bryant (R) Murphysboro, Sen. Pat McGuire (D) Hill Crest and Sen. Steve McClure (R) Springfield.

Episode #3404: Sports Betting and Capital Bill | Watch Online (aired 5/10/19)
Lawmakers are fine-tuning proposals to legalize sports betting in Illinois and have offered their first official take on a new capital bill for the state Guests: Capitolfax.com publisher Rich MillerRep. Mike Zalewski (D) Riverside, House Republican Conference Chair Tim Butler (R) Springfield, Senator Martin Sandoval (D) Chicago, and Sen. Donald DeWitte (R) St. Charles.

Episode #3403: Unfinished Business | Watch Online (aired 5/3/19)
Illinois Senate passes graduated income tax proposal while House and Senate await action on recreational marijuana, sports gaming, and capital spending bill. Guests: State Journal-Register political writer Bernard SchoenburgHouse Majority Leader Greg Harris (D) Chicago, Assistant House Republican Leader Tom Demmer of Dixon, Senator Heather Steans (D) Chicago, and Senate Republican Caucus Chair Dale Righter (R) Mattoon.


2018 FALL VETO SESSION


Episode #3401: Veto Session | Watch Online (aired 11/30)
Fall veto session coverage and spring preview when Democrats control the Governor’s office and command supermajorities in the House and Senate. Guests: The Daily Line reporter Hannah Meisel, House Majority Leader Barbara Flynn Currie (D) Chicago, Assistant House Republican Leader Tom Demmer of Dixon, Assistant House Majority Leader Greg Harris (D) Chicago, and Rep. Tim Butler (R) Springfield.

2018 SPRING LEGISLATIVE SESSION


Episode #3307: Illinois Lawmakers Approve FY 2019 Budget | Watch Online (aired 6/1/18)
Illinois Lawmakers send Governor $38.5 billion dollar budget on May 31st. Amanda Vinicky and host Jak Tichenor recap bipartisan budget agreement. Tichenor discusses budget passage with Senate Republican Leader Bill Brady of Bloomington, Sen. Heather Steans (D) Chicago, House Republican Leader Jim Durkin of Western Springs, and House Majority Leader Barbara Flynn Currie (D) Chicago.

Episode #3306: Budget Progress & Higher Education Reform | Watch Online (aired 5/25/18)
Capitolfax.com’s Rich Miller leads off this week’s Illinois Lawmakers with host Jak Tichenor as lawmakers appear closer to finalizing a budget for next fiscal year. Senate President Pro Tempore Don Harmon (D) Oak Park and Rep. Tim Butler (R) Springfield tell Tichenor they are optimistic the General Assembly can pass a balanced budget by the May 31st adjournment date. Later, House Higher Education Committee Chairman Emanuel Chris Welch (D) Hillside and Assistant Senate Republican Leader Chapin Rose (R) Mahomet discuss short and long-term plans for growing enrollment at Illinois public universities as part of a bipartisan, bicameral higher education working group.

Episode #3305: Budget Progress & Quincy Veterans Home | Watch Online (aired 5/18/18)
Lawmakers report making progress in drafting a new budget for the state fiscal year beginning July 1. Statehouse reporter Hannah Meisel briefs host Jak Tichenor on the week’s events at the Capitol. Tichenor then talks with house “budgeteers” Rep. Dan Brady (R) Bloomington and Rep. Fred Crespo (D) Hoffman Estates about budget negotiations. Sen. Jil Tracy (R) Quincy and Sen. Andy Manar (D) Bunker Hill tell Tichenor about the latest efforts to replace the Quincy Veterans Home where Legionnaires Disease outbreaks have claimed 13 lives since 2015.

Episode #3304: Budget Negotiations | Watch Online (aired 5/11/18)
Illinois Lawmakers returns for weekly coverage of the final month of the General Assembly’s spring session by focusing on budget negotiations for the state fiscal year that begins July first. Capitolfax.com publisher Rich Miller leads off this week’s program with host Jak Tichenor on the latest from Springfield. Featured guests include House budget negotiators Rep. Greg Harris (D) Chicago and Rep. Tom Demmer (R) Dixon. Sen. Karen McConnaughey (R) St. Charles and Sen. Elgie Sims, Jr. (D) Chicago discuss the budget issue from the Senate perspective.

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