Brian Mackey

Illinois Statehouse Reporter

Brian Mackey covers Illinois state government and politics from the WUIS Statehouse bureau. He was previously A&E editor at The State Journal-Register and Statehouse bureau chief for the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin. He can be reached at (217) 206-6020.

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Elections 2014
7:11 pm
Thu April 10, 2014

Constitutional Amendments on Illinois Ballots

At least two constitutional amendments will be on ballots across Illinois this November.

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TSPR Local
8:56 am
Thu March 27, 2014

Pension Savings Estimate Lowered — But Is It A Big Deal?

Originally published on Thu March 27, 2014 5:03 am

A new report (PDF) says Illinois' pension overhaul will save less money than advertised. Some politicians are trying to make hay out of that. But it might not be such a big deal.

The pension vote came with promises of big savings — $160 billion. Then, after it was already law, a new analysis of the bill said, well, maybe we'll save $145 billion.

This latest report puts savings even lower, at $137 billion.

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Illinois Legislative Proposal
11:04 am
Fri March 21, 2014

Tax the Rich to Benefit Schools

Michael Madigan

One of the top Democrats in the Illinois legislature is calling for a "millionaire's tax."

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Republican Gubernatorial Primary Results
9:10 am
Wed March 19, 2014

Rauner, Quinn Chart Course For Conflict

Republican Bruce Rauner will take on Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn in this fall's election.

Originally published on Wed March 19, 2014 4:04 am

The election returns in yesterday’s Illinois primary were not even in before the candidates for governor started attacking each other. Republicans chose wealthy investor Bruce Rauner to take on Democratic incumbent Pat Quinn. Brian Mackey looks at the surprisingly close election results, and what’s ahead for the campaign.

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Audit Raises Concerns
6:40 pm
Tue February 25, 2014

GOP Questions Governor Quinn’s Ethics

Governor Pat Quinn

An anti-violence program pushed by Illinois Governor Pat Quinn came in for harsh criticism in an audit released Tuesday.

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No Reductions Allowed
2:13 pm
Fri February 21, 2014

Pension Ruling Could Impact Illinois

A decision Thursday by the Arizona Supreme Court is getting careful attention in Illinois.

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DNR Plan
1:40 pm
Fri February 14, 2014

Changes for Illinois Deer Hunters

Efforts to reduce the number of deer in Illinois have been so successful that the state plans to reduce the number of hunting permits this year.

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Renowned Photographer
3:22 pm
Wed February 12, 2014

Leibovitz Art Exhibit in Central Illinois

Annie Leibovitz looks at photos from her exhibit at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum in Springfield. At left are photos of the hat and gloves Lincoln had with him the night he was assassinated.
Credit Amanda Vinicky/Illinois Public Radio

An exhibit of photographs by Annie Leibovitz is on display for the next six months in Springfield.

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Budget Address Delayed
11:06 am
Wed February 5, 2014

Illinois Budget & the Income Tax Increase

Credit Rich Egger

When lawmakers raised individual income taxes from three percent to five percent a few years ago, it came with an expiration date.

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Election 2014
10:41 am
Fri January 24, 2014

Candidates Pitch 'Electability' At GOP Debate

The 2014 Republican candidates for governor are, from left: state Senator Bill Brady, state Treasurer Dan Rutherford, Bruce Rauner, and state Senator Kirk Dillard.
Credit Illinois Public Broadcasters

The four men competing for the Republican nomination for Illinois governor met in Peoria Thursday night for a live debate broadcast on public radio and television stations across the state.

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