The 21st Show

Recap: Illinois General Assembly’s Pandemic Session


Early Sunday morning, the Illinois General Assembly wrapped up a four-day legislative session.

Activity was relatively limited: passing a budget, changing a few voting laws, and approving curbside ordering of cocktails during the pandemic. Lawmakers did not, however, vote on Gov. J.B. Pritzker's plan to gradually ease stay-at-home restrictions.

Wearing masks and keeping socially distant, lawmakers conducted session without the usual swarm of lobbyists, activists, and members of the public to bear witness. But Statehouse reporters were keeping tabs — mostly from a distance — and two joined us to recap the session.


Rick Pearson, chief political reporter at the Chicago Tribune and host of The Sunday Spin on WGN-AM

Hannah Meisel, Springfield reporter with The Daily Line