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The Illinois election system was the target of Russian hackers in 2016. Can that happen again in 2020? Matt Dietrich, spokesman for the Illinois State Board of Elections, discusses what the state is doing to improve cyber security and the different types of threats that still exist.

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Tim and Lisa Mueller welcomed their first grandchild into the world on a November morning in 2017. That afternoon they learned Tim had colon cancer. For the Neoga High School track coach, the diagnosis was just another hurdle.

State officials plan to shift 74,000 of the state's most vulnerable children into a managed care Medicaid plan; two former lawmakers are suing the state hoping to collect back pay they claim to be owed; and Attorney General Kwame Raoul goes up against opioid manufacturers and tech giant Goog…

Gov. J.B. Pritzker signed 591 bills into law during his first year as governor, including a flurry of bills leading up to the deadline. Now attention turns to the upcoming veto session, which begins in late October, and some of the new issues that are likely to come up then. Capitol News Ill…

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St. Louis perches at the confluence of two of the nation's mightiest rivers, the Missouri and the Mississippi. Have you ever wondered what lurks in their depths? A new aquarium is scheduled to open in December in the city's downtown Union Station building, showcasing the life and ecology of …

Effingham Fire Chief Bob Tutko recognized several firefighters from Effingham, Altamont, Watson and Shumway districts for work on an Interstate 70 crash scene involving three fatalities. The crash occurred July 20 about four miles west of Effingham. Tutko handed out several Unit Performance …

A reporters roundtable discussion of the culture of bullying and harassment in House Speaker Michael Madigan's office, Gov. J.B. Pritzker's signing of protections for immigrant tenants and a new minimum teacher salary, and Pritzker's veto of a bill dealing with weapon-like items in public sc…

After one of the most significant legislative sessions in recent memory, Illinois Democrats and Republicans gathered in Springfield this week to begin shaping their messages about what happened, and how they plan to carry that message into the 2020 election cycle.

Todd Maisch, president and CEO of the Illinois Chamber of Commerce, talks about the state of the economy, whether state government is helping or hurting, and what the business community still hopes to accomplish in the Statehouse.

An assessment of Gov. Pritzker’s first 5 months in office and first legislative session. Includes analysis from University of Illinois at Chicago political science professor Christopher Mooney, and a roundtable discussion with the Capitol News Illinois team of Peter Hancock, Jerry Nowicki an…

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A Capitol News Illinois reporting team roundtable with discussions about Medicaid-funded nursing homes, Illinois’ population decline, and a legislative effort to dissolve some local units of government in McHenry County.

This episode includes a long-format story about the graduated income tax constitutional amendment and the flurry of action leading up to the deadline; a roundtable with Capitol News Illinois reporters; and then a phone interview with a reporter from the Arizona Republic talking about a story…

The second episode of Capitol News Illinois’ podcast, Capitol Cast, includes an interview with UIC professor Christopher Mooney about this week’s Chicago mayoral election victory by Lori Lightfoot and what it might mean in the long term for state politics. It also features a reporters roundt…

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