Brought to you by Gannett Illinois and powered by The State Journal-Register in Springfield, Illinois, Under the Dome explores recent happenings in Illinois government and politics.
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On this week’s episode of Under the Dome the State Journal-Register’s Doug Finke and Bernard Schoenburg discuss lawmakers from both parties calling for an investigation of a 2012 email exchange between a government insider and then-Gov. Pat Quinn’s staff regarding a possible cover-up of rape and other criminal activity, the draft report prepared by the property tax relief task force formed by Gov. J.B. Pritzker, how the rollout for the sale of legal marijuana went in Illinois and where the current race for Senate President stands going into a vote on January 19th.
On the final episode of Under the Dome for 2019 the State Journal-Register’s Doug Finke and Bernard Schoenburg discus Gov. J.B. Pritzker signing the bill consolidating downstate police and fire pensions, the new laws, taxes and fees that are coming on to the books in 2020, the Food-A-Rama at the Illinois State Fairgrounds is getting a facelift and a new name thanks to a big donation and the results from the initial report on the structural integrity of the Capitol's dome are in.
On this week’s episode of Under the Dome the State Journal-Register’s Doug Finke and Bernard Schoenburg discuss ethics at the Statehouse as House Republicans called on Gov. J.B. Pritzker to call a special session to address the issue, State Sen. Jason Plummer, R-Edwardsville, and Senate GOP Leader Bill Brady of Bloomington clash over ethics appointment, details on the new Illinois parking excise tax set to start Jan. 1st and how it involves parking around the Illinois State Fair and the display from The Satanic Temple returns to Capitol rotunda.
On this week’s episode of Under the Dome the State Journal-Register’s Doug Finke and Bernard Schoenburg discuss Illinois Senate President John Cullerton’s announcement that he plans to retire in January after almost four decades in the General Assembly and who is in the running to be the next Senate President, a ComEd lobbyist lined up contracts for disgraced ex-aide to Madigan and why authorities are interested, Gov. Pritzker and the Illinois State Board of Education react quickly to take emergency action to end the the use of “isolated timeout” rooms in schools.
On this week’s episode of Under the Dome the State Journal-Register’s Doug Finke and Bernard Schoenburg discuss the veto session ending with bills passing involving the consolidation of downstate police and fire pension funds, capping of out-of-pocket expenses for insulin and ethics reform in lobbying issues.
On this week’s episode of Under the Dome the State Journal-Register’s Doug Finke and Bernard Schoenburg discuss Gov. J.B. Pritzker and state road officials unveiling the details of a $23.5 billion road plan that is being fueled with higher gasoline taxes and various vehicle fees approved by lawmakers last spring, the state’s bill backlog will soar to $19 billion in five years if additional tax revenue isn’t found according to an annual report from the governor’s office and what could be coming in the upcoming veto session.
On this week’s episode of Under the Dome the State Journal-Register’s Doug Finke and Bernard Schoenburg discuss the fallout from Illinois State Rep. Luis Arroyo, D-Chicago, being arrested on a federal public corruption charge that he sought to bribe another state lawmaker, legislation introduced for Gov. Pritzker’s plan to pool police and fire pensions, status of the bill to ban flavored vaping products during the veto session and the Illinois House passes a bill that would allow college athletes to be compensated for their names and likenesses.
On this week’s episode of Under the Dome the State Journal-Register’s Doug Finke and Bernard Schoenburg discuss the appeals court decision that says former state worker Mark Janus is not entitled to a refund of fair share fees he paid to the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, next phase of road improvements have begun on the Illinois State Fairgrounds, Illinois Sate Sen. Andy Manar, D-Bunker Hill, to introduce a bill to make Daylight Saving Time permanent, Illinois Supreme Court Justice Lloyd Karmeier announces he will retire next year and what’s coming up in the next round of the veto session.
On this week’s episode of Under the Dome the State Journal-Register’s Doug Finke and Bernard Schoenburg discuss the continuing fallout from the federal investigation of Illinois State Sen. Martin Sandoval for possible bribery and fraud involving state construction, UIS Poll says 92% approval for mental health background checks for gun sales, report says funding revamp has helped Illinois’ poor school districts and Gov. Pritzker releases his tax returns.
On this week’s episode of Under the Dome the State Journal-Register’s Doug Finke and Bernard Schoenburg discuss Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s plan to consolidate around 650 local pension funds for suburban and downstate police and firefighters, the poll by NPR Illinois and the University of Illinois Springfield showing that 67 percent of registered voters in the state favor moving to a graduated state income tax and Republican U.S. Rep. John Shimkus of Illinois denouncing President Donald Trump’s decision to remove U.S. troops in Syria.
On this week’s episode of Under the Dome the State Journal-Register’s Doug Finke and Bernard Schoenburg discuss Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker demanding Illinois State Sen. Martin Sandoval step down as chairman of the Transportation Committee while he is under federal investigation for possible bribery and fraud involving state construction work, Legislative Inspector General releases reports on Kevin Quinn and Tim Mapes, Illinois releases social equity map to identify areas harmed by the war on drugs, will college athletes get endorsement deals in Illinois and the Illinois GOP members of the U.S. House and the impeachment of President Trump.
On this week’s episode of Under the Dome the State Journal-Register’s Doug Finke and Bernard Schoenburg discuss why FBI agents raided the offices of Illinois State Sen. Martin Sandoval, D-Chicago, Alan Lowe fired as director of the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum and the move towards banning flavored e-cigarettes in Illinois.
On this week’s episode of Under the Dome the State Journal-Register’s Doug Finke and Bernard Schoenburg discuss the Illinois State Fair breaking its all-time record for revenue raised in this year and what that means for the success of the fair, the Illinois Department of Revenue tax amnesty program that begins Oct. 1st, Sen. Andy Manar, D-Bunker Hill, sponsoring a bill to cap the out of pocket expenses for insulin to $100 a month and the details of the state’s Office of Executive Inspector General report dealing Springfield lawyer Don Tracy and the Illinois Gaming Board.
On this week’s episode of Under the Dome the State Journal-Register’s Doug Finke returns to the podcast with Bernard Schoenburg to discuss Gov. J.B. Pritzker joining a dozen Democratic governors signing a letter urging President Donald Trump and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to embrace “sensible” gun control legislation, Justice Anne Burke named the Chief Justice of the Illinois Supreme Court and why that’s an issue in Illinois, former Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan joins the private sector and why Illinois was voted the "sexiest state."
On this week’s episode of Under the Dome the State Journal-Register’s Bernard Schoenburg is joined by Brenden Moore as he fills in for Doug Finke this week to talk about the details of legalized use of marijuana in they city of Springfield, the state of gambling in city, DNR set to make new hires and how the graduated income tax may play in the upcoming election.
On this week’s episode of Under the Dome the State Journal-Register’s Doug Finke and Bernard Schoenburg break down Gov. Pritzker’s broken leg and the scope of what has happened this year with nearly 600 bills signed including recent bills dealing with small pharmacy protections and outlawing smoking in cars with children. They also dive into the state’s Department of Central Management Services announcement that they will issue a request for proposals seeking “an array of technical and project management expertise” to sell the state’s Helmut Jahn-designed James R. Thompson Center.
On this week’s episode of Under the Dome, The State Journal-Register’s Doug Finke and Bernard Schoenburg break down the Madigan report about sexual harassment complaints connected to the speaker; the controversy around photos from a fundraising event for Illinois State Sen. Martin Sandoval; Vistra Energy closing coal burning power plants in Canton, Havana, Hennepin and Coffeen; and Gov. Pritzker signs legislation raising the minimum salary for teachers in Illinois to $40,000.
On this week's episode of Under The Dome the State Journal-Register's Doug Finke and Bernard Schoenburg breakdown a visit by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and House Minority Whip Steve Scalise as the Democrats and Republicans host their political days at the Illinois State Fair.
On this week's episode the State Journal-Register's Doug Finke and Bernard Schoenburg discuss back pay for Illinois state employees, the possibility that President Trump would commute disgraced former Gov. Rod Blagojevich’s 14-year prison sentence, the investigation of Illinois State Sen. Tom Cullerton and the upcoming political days at the Illinois State Fair.
On this week's episode of Under the Dome, Bernie and Doug cover former meteorologist Joe Crain's new job at the state, both political parties getting in trouble over insensitive/racist Facebook posts, dirty tricks by Rodney Davis' side in the 13th Congressional District race, and more questions about allies of House Speaker Michael Madigan.
Before a few days ago, there's a good chance you've never heard about the band Confederate Railroad. That all changed when the Pritzker administration canceled the band's show at the Du Quoin State Fair because the group has the word "Confederate" in its name. We talk about that on this week's episode of Under the Dome.
On this week's episode of the Under the Dome Podcast, the SJ-R's Bernard Schoenburg and Doug Finke talk about the new laws being signed this week, including the legalization of marijuana, sports gambling and Tobacco 21.
The Illinois legislature has gone home for the summer, but the state government news continues in Springfield. Today, the SJ-R's Doug Finke and Bernard Schoenburg talk about Gov. J.B. Pritzker signing the Reproductive Health Act, details of the state's proposed contract deal with state workers represented by AFSCME and more.
The spring 2019 session of the Illinois General Assembly is in the books, and some people are calling it "historic." Lawmakers accomplished a great deal, and The State Journal-Register's Bernard Schoenburg and Doug Finke review it all on this week's special post-session wrap-up episode of Under the Dome.
The Illinois General Assembly plans to work through the Memorial Day weekend in an attempt to address several big issues, including a graduated income tax and a capital plan. The SJ-R's Doug Finke and Bernard Schoenburg talk about it on this week's episode of Under the Dome.
We're down to the final two weeks of the spring legislative session for the Illinois General Assembly. And there's a big to-do list -- a state budget, marijuana legalization, sports betting, a capital spending bill and more. Will it all happen? The State Journal-Register's Bernard Schoenburg and Doug Finke talk about it.
On this week's episode of Under the Dome, State Journal-Register political writer Bernard Schoenburg talks with SJ-R health reporter Dean Olsen about Dean's recent trip to Boulder, Colorado, to see how the legal marijuana industry works there. Dean will have a three-part series about his trip starting Sunday in The State Journal-Register. Also, Schoenburg talks with SJ-R Statehouse reporter Doug Finke about the ongoing effort to approve a graduated income tax in Illinois.
On this week's episode of Under the Dome, powered by The State Journal-Register, we preview the post-spring break return of Illinois lawmakers to Springfield as they rush to squeeze in as much lawmaking as they can prior to their scheduled May 31 adjournment. Sports gambling, recreational marijuana and a new state budget are all on the agenda.
On this week's episode of Under the Dome, powered by The State Journal-Register, Bernard Schoenburg and Angie Muhs talk about the ongoing debate over whether Illinois should switch to a graduated income tax, Chicago Mayor-elect Lori Lightfoot's visit to the Capitol this week and what could be a rematch between U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis and Democrat Betsy Dirksen Londrigan for a seat in the U.S. House.
A look back at the week that was at the Illinois Capitol.
On this week's episode of Under the Dome, SJ-R reporters Bernard Schoenburg and Doug Finke talk about efforts to get a discussion about legalized sports gambling kick-started at the Statehouse, a big anti-abortion rally that happened this week at the Capitol, the ongoing talks over legalizing marijuana and a new set of advertisements coming out that seek to influence you about the graduated income tax.
On this week's episode of Under the Dome, we discuss the Illinois legislature approving a bill to raise the tobacco purchasing age from 18 to 21. Plus, we talk about a report showing that more Illinoisans are choosing to go to college outside of Illinois.
Gov. J.B. Pritzker this week introduced his graduated income tax plan, which would discard the state's flat income tax and replace it with different tax rates that depend on how much money you make. Angie, Doug and Bernie explore the financial and political ramifications.
On this week's episode of Under the Dome, we discuss ongoing debate over Gov. J.B. Pritzker's desire for a progressive income tax in Illinois. Also, ratings agencies are weighing in on the state's budget situation. And, for the reason some of you have clicked on the Under the Dome Podcast for the first time ever today, we talk about adult film star Stormy Daniels' planned trip to Springfield later this month, which includes a stop at the Statehouse, where she plans to address a tax on strip clubs.
On this week's episode of Under the Dome, we discuss Gov. Pritzker's $39 billion budget plan and where spending will be increased and how they plan to pay for it and his plan to tackle the mounting pension problem.
On this week's episode of Under the Dome, we discuss this week's approval of the minimum wage increase in the Illinois House and the upcoming budget address from Gov. Pritzker.
On this week's episode of Under the Dome, we discuss this week's approval of a minimum wage increase in the Illinois Senate, calls to raise the minimum salary for an Illinois teacher and the ongoing push to legalize the recreational use of marijuana.
On this week's episode of the Under the Dome Podcast, we discuss the prompt move toward increasing the minimum wage in Illinois to $15 a hour. Plus, state Sen. Andy Manar, D-Bunker Hill, wants the state to put $50 million toward a new Southern Illinois University campus in downtown Springfield. We also discuss the attention being given to House Speaker Michael Madigan's voice showing up in an FBI investigation.
On this week's episode of Under the Dome, we take a look at next week's start to the Illinois General Assembly's spring legislative session, which will feature a House and Senate with a more Democratic tilt working with a new Democratic governor. What will they accomplish? We also talk about Gov. J.B. Pritzker's busy week of signing executive orders and his choice for a new Illinois State Police director.
On this week's episode of the Under the Dome podcast, we review the festivities surrounding the inauguration of Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker, including an appearance by Maroon 5, led by Adam Levine (pictured), the mystery headliner who played at the big inauguration party. We also talk about Pritzker's first week on the job, which included signing a gun-control bill and giving step raises to state employees.
On this week's episode of Under the Dome, we look at an early legislative win for J.B. Pritzker, even before he assumes the governor's office. We also look ahead at the various events happening for Pritzker's inauguration on Monday, Jan. 14.
On this week's Under the Dome Podcast, we discuss the upcoming inaugurations of a Democrat-controlled Illinois General Assembly and Gov.-elect J.B. Pritzker.
The Under the Dome Podcast crew checks in one last time in 2018 to talk about recent Illinois Statehouse news, including Gov.-elect J.B. Pritzker's newly named staff, the state continuing to lose population and Attorney General Lisa Madigan issuing a preliminary report about sex abuse cases involving Catholic priests. Our staff members also reveal their state government story of the year.
On this week's episode of the Under the Dome podcast, Angie, Bernie and Doug discuss the revelation that Gov. Bruce Rauner actually tried to drop out of the governor's race between the primary and general elections. They also talk about the governor's ongoing battle with AFSCME and Gov.-elect J.B. Pritzker's trip to D.C. to visit President Trump and his plans for inauguration day.
On this week's episode of Under the Dome, we talk about the Satanic display that has been installed in the Capitol rotunda and the national attention that has gone along with it. Also, it's been 10 years since former Gov. Rod Blagojevich was arrested. We remember.
On this week's episode of Under the Dome, we review the final three days of the Illinois General Assembly's veto session, which culminated with Gov. Bruce Rauner making a public appearance in Springfield for the first time since his election loss to say he fears for Illinois' future under the incoming J.B. Pritzker administration. We also talk about a state representative apologizing for comments she made on the House floor that seemed to threaten another lawmaker.
The first week of the Illinois General Assembly's veto session is in the books. We take a look at what happened, including lawmakers holding a hearing about the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum Foundation and a hat they bought that may or may not have actually belonged to Lincoln. We also talk about the reaction to newly re-elected state Comptroller Susana Mendoza announcing eight days after the election that she will run for Chicago mayor.
The State Journal-Register's Bernard Schoenburg, Doug Finke and Angie Muhs break down Tuesday's Election Day results, including the Democratic sweep of statewide offices and Republican sweep of our two local U.S. House seats.
We're almost to Election Day. The State Journal-Register's Bernard Schoenburg and Doug Finke round up how the candidates are winding down their campaigns.
This week, Bernie Schoenburg and Doug Finke take a look at some interesting political ads in the gubernatorial race. Also, as Election Day nears, they talk about some interesting developments in the gubernatorial race and in the race for state attorney general.
On this week's episode of Under the Dome, Bernard Schoenburg, Doug Finke and Angie Muhs talk about the latest debate between Gov. Bruce Rauner and Democratic challenger J.B. Pritzker. They also give an update on the hotly contested U.S. House race between incumbent Republican Rodney Davis and Democratic challenger Betsy Londrigan.
On this week's episode of Under the Dome, Bernard Schoenburg, Doug Finke and Angie Muhs recap Wednesday night's debate between Gov. Bruce Rauner and J.B. Pritzker. They also talk about other campaign news and step increases for state employees.
On this week's episode of Under the Dome, we review the controversy surrounding a stovepipe hat that allegedly belonged to Abraham Lincoln, the race between U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis and Betsy Dirksen Londrigan and last week's governor's debate. We also preview a story coming up Sunday about the increased use of digital ads in this year's election campaign.
The State Journal-Register's Bernard Schoenburg and Doug Finke review the week that was in Illinois government and politics.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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 raise money.
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?
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 episode of the podcast.
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.
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.
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.
SJ-R political writer Bernard Schoenburg explains his predictions (not endorsements!) for Tuesday's primary election.
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.
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."
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 state worker who is fighting AFSCME over whether he should be forced to pay fair-share union dues, was in D.C. this week as the U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments in the case.
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.
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 talking about.
Read more in Bernard Schoenburg's column at http://bit.ly/2EPnS5Q.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?curid=39940670
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 strategy. And finally, the governor's campaign this week made clear that Rauner thinks former KKK leader David Duke is a racist. We'll explain why that needed to be said. All this and more coming up next on this week's episode of Under the Dome.
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 that was appearing on Illinois televisions. All this and more on this week's episode of the Under the Dome Podcast.
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?
On this week's episode of Under the Dome, we discuss the race for Illinois governor. The primary is just four months away and candidates -- including state Rep. Jeanne Ives (pictured), who is challenging Gov. Bruce Rauner for the Republican nomination -- are hitting the road. In addition, we update you on lawmakers' attempts to stop sexual harassment in state government. (While we taped this episode on Thursday morning, Rauner announced he signed two bills intended to combat harassment.) And finally, we look at the Twitter-based controversy surrounding what U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis, R-Taylorville, said about sexual harassment and what his opponent did with a portion of the comments.
Illinois lawmakers spent the final days of the just-completed veto session scrambling to address the fallout of the sexual harassment allegations that have swirled around the Capitol. They also overturned a good amount of Gov. Bruce Rauner's vetoes. We talk it about all this and more -- including a mysterious stash of expired Girl Scout cookies that were found in the Capitol pressroom -- on this episode of the Under the Dome Podcast.
The explosive allegations about sexual harassment at the Illinois Capitol continued to grow this week with state Sen. Ira Silverstein (pictured) losing a leadership spot over accusations made against him. Plus, Gov. Bruce Rauner has a new Republican challenger for governor. Does state Rep. Jeanne Ives have a chance? And guess who's back in state politics? It's former Gov. Pat Quinn, who is now trying to become attorney general. The State Journal-Register's Angie Muhs, Bernard Schoenburg and Doug Finke talk about it all on this week's epsiode of Under the Dome.
The first week of the Illinois General Assembly's fall veto session is in the books. We recap the action, including the House's defeat of a bill that would have banned bump stocks from being installed on firearms, the open letter circulating at the Capitol about sexual harassment within Illinois government, Gov. Bruce Rauner officially starting his re-election campaign and a new Rauner ad that features other states' governors "thanking" Speaker Michael Madigan for driving jobs and businesses to their states.
The Illinois General Assembly's veto session begins Tuesday, Oct. 24. In addition to taking votes on bills that Gov. Bruce Rauner has vetoed, state lawmakers also could dig into other issues, such as gun control, a topic that is in focus after the tragic mass shooting in Las Vegas. SJ-R Statehouse reporter Doug Finke and Executive Editor Angie Muhs talk about the veto session, Rauner's recent cuts to some state departments, Rauner's tax returns and Speaker Michael Madigan's new website and Facebook page that has him looking happy and relaxed.
This week, the SJ-R Under the Dome crew talks about Gov. Bruce Rauner's decision to sign House Bill 40, the abortion-rights bills, and the political fallout that is happening as a result.
This week, the SJ-R Under the Dome crew talks about the various lieutenant governor candidates that are emerging, Gov. Bruce Rauner's Asian trade mission and the departure of the state's education secretary and poet laureate. Yes, the state of Illinois has an (unpaid) poet laureate.
The Illinois General Assembly has finally reached a deal to fund public education in the state, which means we're out of the woods in terms of any immediate financial crises on the horizon. But will the relative peace last, especially considering that the campaign season is set to start in earnest in September? Listen as SJ-R editor Angie Muhs, statehouse reporter Doug Finke and political writer Bernie Schoenburg talk about all of that and more on this episode of Under the Dome.
Doug, Bernie and Angie talk about the latest Statehouse news, including some possible light at the end of the education funding tunnel, the state's bill backlog, Gov. Rauner's plan to sign an immigration-related bill, the Rauner administration's rough response to a cartoon that some said was racist and Rep. Sara Wojcicki Jimenez, R-Leland Grove, saying she's not running for re-election to the Illinois House.
A preview of today's school funding special session.
Will Illinois schools get state funding.