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A podcast about Illinois politics and government produced by The State








Equal Rights Amendment debate returns to the Illinois Capitol, budget negotiations - Ep. 29

The Equal Rights Amendment — an issue that prompted fierce debates and animal blood to be spilled on the floor of the Illinois Capitol in the 1980s — was up for discussion again at the Statehouse. Also, the spring legislative session has resumed after a break. Republicans and Democrats are already sparring over the budget. We talk about it all on this week's episode of Under the Dome.


The governor's involvement in the YWCA block, Illinois' bad roads - Ep. 28

Springfield had debated for months on what should become of a downtown block that once contained a YWCA. Now, under a proposed lease, the governor would have to sign off on certain types of future development on the land. Is this right? Also, Illinois' terrible roads are cost drivers thousands each year in repairs costs and wasted gasoline. We discuss a new report on that topic.


It's Pritzker vs. Rauner — let the money flow - Ep. 27

The Under the Dome Podcast crew breaks down Tuesday's primary election, including the governor's race, which is now a battle between J.B. Pritzker and Gov. Bruce Rauner in what's expected to become the most expensive governor's race in U.S. history.


Schoenburg predicts Tuesday's primary election winners - Under the Dome EXTRA

SJ-R political writer Bernard Schoenburg explains his predictions (not endorsements!) for Tuesday's primary election.


Guns and more guns, and we're really close to the election - Ep. 26

On this week's episode of Under the Dome, talk about gun control was front and center once again at the Illinois Statehouse this week as Gov. Bruce Rauner vetoed a gun bill, senators passed other gun bills and lawmakers followed the lead of students throughout the country and conducted a walkout to call attention to the issue. Plus, we're just days away from the March 20 primary election. We cover what the candidates for governor are doing and saying in these final days of campaigning.


Mendoza vs. Rauner, the campaign, Illinois' No. 1 movie - Ep. 25

This week on the Under the Dome Podcast, we cover state Comptroller Susana Mendoza's effort to highlight the "off-shoring" of the governor's staff and the latest on the campaign trail. And our podcast crew recites their favorite lines from the state's favorite movie, "The Blues Brothers."


Gun control, kid tackle football ban, recreational pot, Janus v. AFSCME - Ep. 24

On this week's action-packed episode of Under the Dome: * Gun control: Lawmakers debated bill inside the Capitol and hundreds rallied in support outside this week. * Should kids under 12 be allowed to play organized tackle football? A bill at the Statehouse says no. * Some in Illinois want to legalize the recreational use of marijuana. We don't have a bill about that yet. But we do have a bill that would put a question on the November ballot to get voters' opinions. * Mark Janus, the...


Gun control in Illinois? Debate recap. Quincy Legionnaires' - Ep. 23

In wake of the tragic school shooting in Florida, gun control talk is beginning to re-emerge in the Illinois Capitol. Plus, we review last night's debate in Springfield featuring the Democratic candidates for governor. And we also talk about the state's ongoing challenges of dealing with Legionnaires disease at the Illinois Veterans' Home in Quincy. All this and more on this week's episode of Under the Dome, powered by The State Journal-Register.


Under the Dome EXTRA: Gov. Bruce's Rauner's story about no computers in a state agency office

The following recording is Gov. Bruce Rauner telling a story about visiting a state agency office that lacked computers. In the first part of this clip, he tells the story while appearing at a Citizens Club of Springfield meeting in April 2015. Later in this clip, you’ll hear the governor telling the story again three years later, this time at an Illinois Bankers Assocation event in Springfield on Feb. 7, 2018. In both cases, the governor’s office will not confirm what agency Rauner was...


More sexual harassment allegations in state government and Gov. Rauner's budget address - Ep. 22

This week on Under the Dome, we take a closer look at Gov. Bruce Rauner's budget address and the criticism that has followed. Plus, we talk about the allegations of sexual harassment in state government that surfaced again this week when a Democratic campaign staff member, Alaina Hampton (pictured), presented evidence that a supervisor, Kevin Quinn, harassed her.


Under the Dome EXTRA: Gov. Rauner speaks at Lincoln Day Dinner

Gov. Bruce Rauner made remarks at the Sangamon County Republican Party's annual Lincoln Day Dinner at the Bank of Springfield Center on Thursday, Feb. 8, 2018.


"Thank you, Bruce Rauner" ad, Pritzker-Blago tapes, budget address - Ep. 21

On this week's episode of Under the Dome, we talk about: * State Rep. Jeanne Ives' new controversial ad that has everyone talking. * How the wiretapped conversations between J.B. Pritzker and Rod Blagojevich continues to be the gift that keeping on giving for Republicans (and Pritzker's Democratic opponents in the governor's race). * Gov. Bruce Rauner's budget address set for Feb. 14.


East St. Louis is a what? State of the State review - Ep. 20

On this week's episode of the Under the Dome Podcast: * The chairman of the Illinois Lottery Control Board gets in hot water for a tweet about East St. Louis. * We review Gov. Bruce Rauner's State of the State address. * Rauner and Rep. Jeanne Ives had an interesting debate in Chicago.


'Sharknado' name-dropped in governor campaign; water concerns in Capitol? - Ep. 19

The cinematic classic "Sharknado" came up during the governor's campaign this week, and officials are testing whether the Capitol Complex water supply is infected with Legionella bacteria. All this and more on this week's episode of The Dome. ("Sharknado" movie poster credit: By Source (WP:NFCC#4), Fair use,


More Blago wiretapped conversations. Yes, Rauner says, David Duke is a racist - Ep. 18

This week on Under the Dome ... The Illinois State Board of Education has made a bold request for state funding. Will they get it? Have plans for Valentine's Day? You might consider spending some quality time listening to Gov. Bruce Rauner's budget address on Feb. 14. We'll preview what he might say. Also, Gov. Rauner is debuting a new, 15-minute campaign commercial featuring a wiretapped conversation between then-Gov. Rod Blagojevich and J.B. Pritzker. We'll talk about the...


Missouri sex scandal and an Illinois TV ad, Rauner departs Quincy vets home - Ep. 17

This week on the Under the Dome Podcast: Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner has departed the state-run veterans home in Quincy after a weeklong stay. We'll talk about what he wants to do to the aging facility. Education funding is back in the news after the governor issued an amendatory veto. Plus, Rauner has a new TV ad that takes on J.B. Pritzker. And finally, Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens (pictured) is entangled in a sex scandal today. We'll talk about how that affects an advertisement...


The Quincy veterans home's newest resident, HB 40 and more - Ep. 16

We're back from our holiday break to cover the latest news at the Illinois Statehouse. This week we discuss efforts in the courtroom to stop a controversial abortion funding bill from being enacted. The campaign for governor is starting to heat up again as we get closer to the March 20 primary election. We talk about the Quincy veterans home's newest temporary resident — Gov. Bruce Rauner. And finally, we'll look at the lack of legislative action at the Statehouse over the next few months....


Objection! (to nominating petitions), Pritzker endorsements - Ep. 15

Candidates have turned in their nominating petitions for the March 20 primary. Now, some of those petitions are being objected to. We talk about who might get kicked off the ballot. Plus, Democratic candidate for governor J.B. Pritzker picked up some more high-profile endorsements last week. Is he going to run away with his party's nomination? And we also talk about the property tax assessments process in Chicago and how it is playing into the increasingly contentious race for...


Rauner not in charge of Illinois? McCann abandons GOP. Franken quits - Ep. 14

Candidate filing for Illinois' March primary election ended earlier this week. And one state senator surprised people by saying he's out. Or is he? Gov. Bruce Rauner, the highest-ranking elected official in Illinois, declares he is not in charge of Illinois. And local members of Congress weigh in on the sexual misconduct controversy surrounding U.S. Senator Al Franken, who announced his resignation as we taped our podcast today. All this and more on Episode 14 of Under the Dome.


Ready, set, file. Is Illinois ready for recreational marijuana? - Ep. 13

On this week's episode of Under the Dome: Although you've been hearing about the election for weeks now, election season officially began this week as candidates began filing to get onto the ballot. In addition, questions swirl about how many billions the state will be spending to move Medicaid recipients into managed care. And recreational marijuana – is this something in Illinois' future?


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