Hannah Meisel

Hannah covers state government and politics for WUIS and Illinois Public Radio while working toward a master's degree in Public Affairs Reporting from the University of Illinois at Springfield.

She graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where she was managing editor for online at The Daily Illini. Hannah has also worked for NPR in Washington, D.C. 

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NPR Story
10:07 am
Wed July 23, 2014

Republican Attorney General Candidate: Pension Changes Unconstitutional

Republican candidate for attorney general Paul Schimpf

Originally published on Wed July 23, 2014 9:36 am

  The Republican candidate for Illinois Attorney General is criticizing incumbent Lisa Madigan for defending the state's pension overhaul law, which he thinks is unconstitutional.

As Hannah Meisel reports, Republican candidate for Illinois attorney general Paul Schimpf argues the state's pension overhaul is unconstitutional.

A clause in the state's constitution says that once earned, pension benefits shall not be diminished.

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Eavesdropping Law
7:48 am
Wed July 2, 2014

Lawmakers Work To Replace Illinois' Eavesdropping Law

Originally published on Wed June 18, 2014 5:10 pm

  Since the Illinois Supreme Court struck down the state's eavesdropping law in March, it's been legal to record audio of someone without asking permission. But legislators are working on a replacement.

The Supreme Court found the old law overly broad. It was a crime even to record in public, where people shouldn't really have an expectation of privacy. Because of that, Illinois' law was considered one of the strictest in the nation.

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Illinois' State Fair
9:13 am
Tue July 1, 2014

State Fair Officials: Can't Follow State Law Due To Budget Cuts

Originally published on Mon June 30, 2014 11:52 am

  Illinois' two state fairs did not comply with the law last year, according to a recent state audit -- and budget realities mean that'll happen again this summer.

The audit found that both the fairs in Springfield and DuQuoin overcharged entrance fees for horses.

But the Department of Agriculture says it's a consequence of the state contributing 200-thousand dollars $200,000 less toward the purse.

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Illinois Pension Overhaul Lawsuit
6:48 am
Fri June 27, 2014

Pension Decision Will Wait Until At Least December

Originally published on Fri June 27, 2014 10:41 am

  It could be December before a judge decides on the legality of Illinois' pension overhaul law for at least another five months. Attorneys met Thursday in Sangamon County Court and agreed on a timeline for the case.

Current and retired state employees, teachers and university workers are suing Gov. Pat Quinn over the pension overhaul passed by the General Assembly late last year.

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Pensions
6:43 am
Thu June 26, 2014

Teacher Pension Fund Lowers Expected Investment Return; State's Obligation To Grow

Originally published on Wed June 25, 2014 11:03 am

  The Illinois Teachers' Retirement System says it expects a lower return on its pension investments in the next year. That means the state will have to cover more of the cost of teacher pensions.

TRS says it's still a good assumed rate of investment return at 7.5 percent. That falls in line with similar pension systems nationwide. But it's not as profitable as 8-percent, which TRS had been using for the previous few years.

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