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State Week: The governor signs the new budget

State Week 23 logo (capitol dome)
Brian Mackey
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NPR Illinois

Just a week after lawmakers approved a new budget plan for the fiscal year that begins July 1, Gov. J.B. Pritzker signed it into law. It wasn't an easy process as Republicans and even some Democrats worry it spends too much money. But Pritzker touts it as an example of fiscal responsibility.

We also discuss House staffers taking Speaker Chris Welch to court over their unionization effort and why Prisoner Review Board legislation stalled in the spring session.

Host Sean Crawford is joined by Professor Emeritus Charlie Wheeler and Chicago Tribune Reporter Jeremy Gorner.

The former director of the Public Affairs Reporting (PAR) graduate program is Professor Charles N. Wheeler III, a veteran newsman who came to the University of Illinois at Springfield following a 24-year career at the Chicago Sun-Times.
Jeremy covers state government and politics for the Chicago Tribune.