Brian Mackey

Brian Mackey covers state government and politics for NPR Illinois and a dozen other public radio stations across the state. He was previously A&E editor at The State Journal-Register and Statehouse bureau chief for the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin.

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A new report says Illinois state government is at “elevated risk” in the event of an economic downturn.

Ten years after the global financial meltdown that would become known as the Great Recession, S&P Global Ratings has performed a “stress test” ($) on all 50 state governments.

Three factors were analyzed:

As of Monday, there are 50 days until Election Day. And in the race for Illinois governor, debate season is finally getting underway.

Gov. Bruce Rauner attempts to reset his campaign with a speech to a small group of supporters. Will it be enough to overcome the 14 percentage points that separate the Republican incumbent from his Democratic opponent, J.B. Pritzker?

Gov. Bruce Rauner has declared a “harvest emergency” across Illinois.

A big surprise this week - Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced he's dropping out of the upcoming election.  Amanda Vinicky of Chicago's WTTW and A.D. Quig of The Daily Line join the panel.

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Illinois Supreme Court Justice Anne Burke is again pressing Catholic church officials on the issue of abuse.

Illinois Supreme Court Justice Anne Burke is calling for a new investigation into sex abuse in the Catholic Church. Church authorities are doing just that, but Burke says the matter cannot be left to the Catholic heirarchy.

Thousands of Illinois Democrats met Thursday in Springfield for the party’s annual state fair brunch.

Candidates repeated familiar attacks on Republicans. But some say they need to do more.

Gov. Bruce Rauner has signed legislation meant to bring state jobs back to Springfield.

Illinois Democrats are trying to put Gov. Bruce Rauner on the spot over equal pay for women.

They’re pushing him to sign legislation that would prohibit employers from asking job applicants about salary history.

Illinois lawmakers are being urged to pass tougher laws to protect student data privacy. On Tuesday, they heard stories from parents who say they have no way to protect their kids’ information.

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner was sued Friday by a group of former state employees who want their jobs back.

A new report is trying to calculate a more realistic tally of what crime costs in Illinois.

A federal judge in Chicago has approved a settlement in a lawsuit over Illinois' handling of deaf prisoners.

The state of Illinois has agreed to settle a lawsuit over its treatment of prisoners who are deaf or hard-of-hearing.

Governor Bruce Rauner has vetoed legislation intended to prevent wrongful convictions.

A conservative political group is suing to overturn the Illinois campaign law restricting so-called independent expenditure committees.

Illinois prison officials are being accused of letting a transgender inmate be harassed and assaulted.

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner on Tuesday vetoed legislation that would have gotten the state out of the controversial Crosscheck voter identification program.

Illinois U.S. Senator Dick Durbin says he has some tough questions for President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee. But he also says he hasn’t made up his mind.

The Illinois Governor’s Mansion reopened Saturday after a multi-million-dollar renovation.

There are Illinois connections in Friday's indictments related to Russian hacking around the 2016 elections.

Democrats are trying to flip several Congressional seats in Illinois this fall. That’s put some Republicans in a tricky spot when it comes to questions about President Donald Trump.

Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan is investigating fast food restaurants over hiring practices.

At issue are so-called no-poaching agreements. That’s where restaurant franchisees are prohibited from hiring people away from other franchise owners.

With America and China officially in a trade war, Illinois companies say they’re already seeing consequences.

Gov. Bruce Rauner boards a city bus for an apology tour of Illinois’ flagship college towns. Illinois Nazis are back in the news. And it’s official — there will be at least four party-affiliated candidates on the ballot for governor this fall.

Gov. Bruce Rauner and black state legislators are escalating a fight that began earlier this week.

The latest skirmish between Governor Bruce Rauner and the AFSCME labor union took place in a Springfield courtroom today. This time it was before a panel of appellate judges.

It’s been just about three years since AFSCME workers were due for a new contract. But Gov. Rauner made tough demands — like a new pay structure, more expensive health insurance, and more power to outsource jobs.

Mike Newman is the No. 2 man in the Illinois branch of AFSCME.

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner was asked Tuesday whether he would support a shorter prison sentence for Rod Blagojevich.

A busy week in Springfield as the Illinois General Assembly approves a budget, the House ratifies the ERA, and a leading Democrat is accused of inappropriate behavior.

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