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A podcast about Illinois politics and government produced by The State








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 ware

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 Amedment 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.


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.