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A podcast about Illinois politics and government produced by The State

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A podcast about Illinois politics and government produced by The State








Step increases, taxes, fact-checking Obama - Ep. 45

The State Journal-Register's Bernard Schoenburg and Doug Finke review the week that was in Illinois government and politics.


Tobacco 21 veto, Frerichs/Rauner building fight, medical marijuana - Ep. 44

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner has been busy with his veto pen this week, opposing bills that would ban tobacco sales to people under 21 and pay teachers a guaranteed $40,000 salary. State Treasurer Michael Frerichs also has a bone to pick with Rauner over office space for treasurer employees in Springfield. He also signed a bill allowing wider use of medical marijuana. We also cover Election 2018, including the races for governor and the 13th Congressional District.


State fair recap, governor's poll, Rodney Davis' former campaign worker - Ep. 43

As we wash down that final corn dog with a final swig of a lemon shakeup, we recap the political action that happened at the just-completed 2018 Illinois State Fair. We also look at a new poll in the governor's race and the legal troubles faced by a now-former Rodney Davis campaign staffer.


State rep's scandal, state worker back pay, state fair - Ep. 42

This week on the Under the Dome Podcast, we discuss: * The departure of Nick Sauer from the Illinois House after allegations from an ex-girlfriend. * State workers finally getting some back pay. * Gov. Rauner signing an "offshoring" bill. * A look ahead at the Illinois State Fair, including Democrats' plans to host former Vice President Joe Biden.


Trump is coming to Illinois, Mark Janus' new job - Ep. 41

On this week's episode of Under the Dome, we preview President Trump's trip to the U.S. Steel plant (pictured) in Granite City, Illinois. Also, we discuss the controversy that arose when a Chicago mayoral candidate started handing out money at an event Gov. Bruce Rauner was attending. Plus, Mark Janus has a new job.


Gun bills, Quincy, Trump-Putin reaction - Ep. 40

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner has been busy this week signing bills related to gun control and the Quincy veterans' home. We also have reaction from the Trump-Putin meeting in Finland. All this and more on this week's episode of the Under the Dome podcast.


Sam McCann will be on the ballot for governor; Rauner apologizes to Champaign-Urbana - Ep. 39

With the July 4 holiday, it's a light-news week in Illinois government. Still, we learned that state Sen. Sam McCann's petitions to run for governor were not challenged, which means he, along with Gov. Bruce Rauner, J.B. Pritzker and Libertarian Kash Jackson will all be running for governor. Also, we talk about Rauner's recent trip to Champaign-Urbana to make up for unflattering comments he recently made about the region.


Let's discuss Janus vs. AFSCME - Ep. 38

We're one day removed from the U.S. Supreme Court's big Janus vs. AFSCME decision that will have far-reaching consequences for unions in Illinois and beyond. Bernie, Doug and Angie break down the ruling. They also mention Sam McCann filing for governor as a third-party candidate and Joe Biden planning a trip to Springfield.


AFSCME lawsuits everywhere, #MeToo fallout, governor ad war - Ep. 37

On this week's episode of the Under the Dome Podcast, we discuss ... * Numerous lawsuits involving AFSCME, state government's largest employee union. * The latest #MeToo fallout that saw the resignation last week of a top aide to House Speaker Michael Madigan. * The latest on the advertising war between Gov. Bruce Rauner and challenger J.B. Pritzker.


Madigan's chief of staff resigns, Trump and Durbin agree on Blagojevich - Ep. 36

On this week's episode of Under the Dome: * Another associate of House Speaker Michael Madigan stepped down this week amid sexual harassment allegations. * Should former Gov. Rod Blagojevich get out of prison early? President Donald Trump and U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin actually agree on the answer.


They did it! They passed a budget on time! - Ep. 35

In a move not seen in many years in the Illinois General Assembly, lawmaker approved a state budget by the May 31 deadline. And they didn't even bicker about it too much. The Under the Dome Podcast crew marvels over this development and also talks about other Statehouse action over the past week, including: * Allegations leveled against Rep. Lou Lang * The approval of the Equal Rights Amendment


Cassidy vs. Madigan. Guns. Death Penalty. Ep. 34

On this week's episode of Under the Dome ... * Guns and the death penalty are being hotly debated. * Budget negotiations continue * Rep. Kelly Cassidy (pictured) and House Speaker Michael Madigan are feuding.


Guns. Death penalty. ERA. Unified GOP? - Ep. 33

On this week's episode of Under the Dome, Bernie, Doug and Angie discuss the week that was in Illinois politics and government, including: * Gov. Bruce Rauner's effort to bring back the death penalty to Illinois * The various bills being introduced, vetoed and amended pertaining to gun control. * The challenges of getting the Equal Rights Amendment ratified in the House * The new-found unity in the Illinois Republican Party as two factions within the GOP forge a deal.


Selling off Lincoln? State budget fight. ERA. Ep. 32

Angie, Doug and Bernie talk about the week that was in Illinois government and politics in this week's episode of Under the Dome. Topics include: * The ongoing state budget fight * Officials criticized for how they handled the Legionnaires disease outbreak at the veterans home in Quincy. * GOP infighting. * The quest for the legislature to approve the federal Equal Rights Amendment. * Talk of the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum having to unload some of its artifacts to...


The Republicans cut off Sam McCann, Quincy veterans home, the chances of passing a budget on time - Ep. 31

State Sen. Sam McCann has drawn the ire of Republicans for deciding to run for governor as a third-party candidate. Now, he's suing the GOP for cutting off his access to services normally provided to state senators. We also talk about plans to rebuild the Illinois Veterans Home in Quincy, which has been plagued with outbreaks of Legionnaires' disease. Plus, will a state budget be approved on time this year?


Gun legislation showdown, Madigan, marijuana, Sam McCann - Ep. 30

There's a big showdown expected at the Capitol on Wednesday, April 25, 2018, as legislators decide whether to override Gov. Bruce Rauner's veto of a gun shop licensing bill, all while thousands of gun supporters converge on Springfield for their annual gun rights lobbying day. The Under the Dome crew discusses this topic — along with Michael Madigan's re-election as Illinois Democratic Party chairman, marijuana legalization and Sam McCann's entry into the governor's race — on this week's...


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.