When General Assembly is in session, this program is a weekly half hour review of politics and current events by some of the region's top journalists.

Fridays at 7:30PM/30 minutes

Week of 6/6/2014
Host: Bernie Schoenberg
Guests: Bob Gough (Quincy Journal), Brian Mackey (WUIS), and Nicole Wilson (MetroSource News)
Subject: State budget and its effect on races for governor and state lawmaker seats, capital plan, Lincoln presidential library control, ballot questions: (minimum wage, millionaire tax, birth control insurance), limits on Quinn's power, lawmakers no longer taking furloughs, education funding formula, and new carbon rules from feds and Illinois coal industry.

Week of 5/29/2014
Host: Jamey Dunn
Guests: Charlie Wheeler (UIS) and Bruce Rushton (Illinois Times)
Subject: Budget, Lincoln Library and Museum, Quinn and the Neighborhood Recovery Initiative, Fracking, and Manar's education funding bill.

Week of 5/23/2014
Host: Jamey Dunn
Guests: Patrick Yeagle (Illinois Times) and Kent Redfield (UIS)
Subject: Budget affect on race for Governor, Rauner's robocalls, minimum wage and millionaires tax.

Week of 5/16/2014
Host: Bernie Schoenberg
Guests: Charlie Wheeler (UIS) and Mike Lawrence (former Paul Simon Public Policy Institute Executive Director)
Subject: Budget, Governor race, income tax

Week of 5/9/2014
Host: Amanda Vinicky
Guests: Kent Redfield (UIS) and Andy Maloney (Chicago Daily Law Bulletin)
Subject: Legislators are the latest wanting to take a deep look into Gov. Pat Quinn’s anti-violence program, legal troubles involving Bruce Rauner’s former investment company continue to haunt the Republican candidate for governor, new data on a proposal to change how Illinois funds schools shows which districts will win, and which will lose, some movement in the lawsuit seeking to shut down, and revenue estimates show an increase in revenue – how to spend it? Or Is it already spent?

Week of 5/2/2014
Host: Bernie Schoenberg
Guests: Bob Gough (Quincy Journal) and Bruce Rushton (IL Times)
Subject: Independent maps petitions, Madigan-linked lawsuit against both, end of progressive tax for this year, IDOT hiring probe -- inspector general, neighborhood recovery initiative -- Cook County grand jury probe, Rauner talks to biz groups, Quinn backs more MAP grants with students, Obama library $100 million, city pensions and fire staffing -- mayors ask legislature for relief, and former Rep. Keith Farnham on home confinement.

Week of 4/25/2014
Host: Amanda Vinicky
Guests: Nicole Wilson (MetroSource News) and Ray Long (Chicago Tribune)
Subject: Pat Quinn faces charges of patronage hiring, House Speaker Michael Madigan holds place as head of Democratic party, session resumes next week and what's ahead, Rauner and the pension bill, amendment to limit executive officers' terms, and who's running for US Senate.

Week of 4/18/2014
Host: Bernie Schoenberg
Guests: Charlie Wheeler (UIS) and Brian Mackey (WUIS)
Subject: School aid formula doomsday numbers, Chicago casino; alternate plan talks; Chicago pensions; Rauner against; Quinn must decide, Kirk now OK with Oberweis, Durbin talks earmarks, minimum wage; Futurgen, Jacksonville, and 25 mil training and visitors center there, Sneed says Hermene Hartman, who runs N'Digo, got more than $50,000 from Rauner and is promoting Rauner, and Quinn's anti-violence program provided wife of Rep. Will Davis more than $137,000, Sun-Times says.

Week of 4/11/2014
Host: Jamey Dunn
Guests: Patrick Yeagle (Illinois Times) and Charlie Wheeler (UIS)
Topics: Chicago pension reform bill passed after property tax provision removed, Death of Madigan's Millionaire tax, Constitutional amendments that did pass: voting rights & victims rights, Quinn's call for a new capital bill and gaming update, Sen. Andy Manar's school funding proposal meets Republican opposition, Rauner's run in with Bill Cellini and him moving away from his "union bosses" comments, and more.

Week of 4/4/2014
Host: Bernie Schoenberg
Guests: Bob Gough ( and Andy Maloney (Chicago Daily Law Bulletin)
Subject: Governor's race; Edgar wants tax extended; Rauner says Quinn's a liar but wants more for higher ed and criticize education cuts, Quinn says Rauner can't add, Rauner says tax overhaul ideas coming, Fair Map gets $500,000 from Michael Bloomberg, keeps gathering signatures. Madigan for Minimum wage, and Cullerton blocked on seeking quick fix for some Chicago city pensions.

Week of 3/28/2014
Host: Amanda Vinicky
Guest: Kent Redfield (UIS) and Charlie Wheeler (UIS)
Subject: Budget address, election tie-in, and progressive income tax.

Week of 3/21/2014
Host: Jamey Dunn
Guests: Nicole Wilson (MetroSource News) and Brian Mackey (WUIS)
Subject: Governor’s primaries, Dillard getting closer than polling indicated, Anti-Quinn protest vote, what the Quinn vs. Rauner race will look like- big money, labor and education issues that have played out nationally, Rauner potentially softening his rhetoric, and how the possible lack of focus on social issues focus may come into play as far as donors. The conservative challenger races (Breen, Matune, etc.), Democrats who lost or struggled Berrios, Mitchell what those races mean for Madigan Durkin and issues coming up this session such as Chicago pensions,and Farnham resignation.

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