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.


Bill Sent to Governor
7:09 pm
Tue November 5, 2013

Same-Sex Marriage Coming to Illinois

Credit The Guardian

Supporters of same-sex marriage in Illinois have been pushing hard for legalization for the better part of a year.

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Spielberg Movie
6:43 pm
Fri November 1, 2013

Props from Lincoln Movie Coming to Illinois

The final known photo of Abraham Lincoln

Springfield will soon have a bit of recent Hollywood history on display.

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High Court Ruling
5:18 pm
Fri October 18, 2013

Justices Reject Illinois’ Amazon Tax

Credit Rich Egger

The Illinois Supreme Court struck down the so-called "Amazon tax."

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Moody’s Analysis
1:37 pm
Mon September 9, 2013

Illinois Economy Slowly Improving

Credit Rich Egger

News about Illinois' economy is typically bleak, but at least one outside observer is seeing modest improvement.

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New Illinois Law
6:33 pm
Wed August 28, 2013

Regulating Police Use of Drones

A drone

Illinois police departments will be restricted in how they can use drone aircraft under a new law signed by Governor Pat Quinn.

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Senate Committee
1:04 pm
Tue August 20, 2013

Illinois Lawmakers Studying School Funding

Credit Rich Egger

State funding for education in Illinois has dropped by hundreds of millions of dollars in the past several years.

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No Details Released
9:52 am
Thu August 15, 2013

Pension Committee Reports Progress

The Illinois Capitol building

Members of a bipartisan legislative committee in Illinois remain optimistic they'll eventually agree on how to address the state’s $100 billion pension problem.

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Labor-Backed Research
5:37 pm
Wed August 14, 2013

Study: Pension Reform Proposal Flawed

Credit Rich Egger

The authors of a new study say a proposal to fix Illinois' nearly $100 billion pension shortfall would undermine the retirement security of government employees

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State Supreme Court Ruling
3:44 pm
Thu July 11, 2013

Illinois Abortion Notification Law Upheld


The Illinois Supreme Court has paved the way for a long-dormant abortion law to finally go into effect.

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Quinn Uses Veto Power
4:06 pm
Wed July 10, 2013

Illinois Governor Stops Lawmaker Pay

Governor Pat Quinn

Illinois lawmakers have repeatedly missed Governor Pat Quinn's deadlines for fixing the state’s pension systems, so he is using his veto power to prevent legislators from getting paid.

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