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.


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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