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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Election 2014
6:08 pm
Tue November 11, 2014

Race for Illinois Treasurer Remains Undecided

Mike Frerichs (left) and Tom Cross
Credit Peoria Public Radio

There are still thousands of votes yet to be counted in the race for Illinois State Treasurer.

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Third Party Candidates on Ballot
6:54 am
Mon August 25, 2014

Libertarians Survive Illinois GOP's Ballot Challenge

Originally published on Mon August 25, 2014 1:32 am

  On Nov. 4, Illinois voters will choose from the Republican and Democratic statewide candidates they've been hearing about for months. But there will also be a third choice in those races: candidates representing the Libertarian party. But getting on the ballot wasn't easy for the Libertarians.

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Election 2014
8:00 am
Fri August 22, 2014

Green Party Candidates Won't Appear On Ballot

Originally published on Thu August 21, 2014 2:41 pm

  Candidates from the Illinois Green Party will not appear on the November ballot.

A federal judge Thursday denied the party reprieve from the state's election requirements for third parties.

The Green Party had sued, claiming the barriers for third parties are too onerous ... threatening the right to free speech and equal protection.

Scott Summers, the party's candidate for governor, says he's disappointed with the judge's ruling.

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Hydraulic Fracturing
6:38 am
Thu August 14, 2014

Anti-Fracking Activists Crash Democrat Breakfast

100 or so environmental activists rallied outside a Democratic party breakfast, calling for the end of fracking in Illinois, even before it begins.

Originally published on Wed August 13, 2014 8:53 pm

  Environmental activists hoping to curb hydraulic fracturing in Illinois crashed a breakfast held for Democratic party organizers in Springfield Wednesday. They want to stop natural gas extraction in the state before it starts.


"Drought! Pollution! Earthquake! Fracking is a big mistake!"

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Governor's Race
9:39 am
Wed August 13, 2014

AARP Poll: Rauner Has Edge Over Quinn Among Senior Voters

Statistics from AARP Illinois' survey.

Originally published on Tue August 12, 2014 3:21 am

  The debate over state retiree pensions has been a consistent backdrop for the Illinois gubernatorial election, bringing older voters to the forefront of many debates. It's this senior voting bloc that could make all the difference this election.

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Illinois State Fair Gets Underway
9:25 am
Fri August 8, 2014

Officials Urge Caution At State Fair

An inspector from the Illinois Department of Labor checks a carnival ride on the Illinois State Fairgrounds Wednesday.

Originally published on Wed August 6, 2014 7:08 pm

  With the Illinois State Fair set to begin later this week, officials say they have safety in the forefront of their minds. The event, which attracts nearly 1 million visitors yearly, is set to open Friday morning ... though anyone can get an early preview Thursday evening after the annual opening parade.

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State Fair Managers
5:48 pm
Tue July 29, 2014

Beer Tickets and Ethics Violations

Illinois State Fair 2007
Credit Flickr/aka_kath

Two people are being fined for violating ethics rules in their capacities of running Illinois' two State Fairs. Both incidents involved free beer tickets.

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Hydraulic Fracturing
9:58 am
Mon July 28, 2014

Business, Labor Leaders Urge Quinn Administration To Finish Fracking Rules

Originally published on Thu July 24, 2014 5:18 pm

  Business and labor leaders are urging Illinois' Department of Natural Resources to finish the rules for hydraulic fracturing. The coalition says it's left wondering if the governor's administration might be dragging the process for political reasons.

It's been over 400 days since the General Assembly passed a law to allow hydraulic fracturing in Illinois. Proponents say the technique of drilling for natural gas deep in the ground will lead to job and revenue growth.

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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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