Live From The State Capitol: Gov. Pritzker’s First Budget Address

February 20, 2019
 

Bobbi McSwine/Illinois Public Media

On the 21st: We broadcast live from the floor of the state capitol ahead of Governor J.B. Pritzker's first budget address. We hear from Comptroller Susana Mendoza, House Minority Leader Jim Durkin, Senate Majority Leader Kimberly Lightford, and Attorney General Kwame Raoul. Finally, we get some analysis from UIS professor Ken Kriz and Illinois Public Radio's Brian Mackey ahead of the speech. 

Our state has a backlog of bills that’s billions of dollars from the last budget impasse. On Wednesday, Gov. J.B. Pritzker got his first chance to make good on his inauguration promise to present a balanced budget.

In the hour before the budget address, we were live from the south hall of the state capitol's rotunda.

We spoke with Comptroller Susana Mendoza, and Republican and Democratic leaders including Jim Durkin and Kimberly Lightford. Attorney General Kwame Raoul also joined us. Finally, in the lead up to the speech, we got some analysis from University of Illinois Springfield professor Ken Kriz, and Illinois Public Radio's Brian Mackey.