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January 15, 2019

Local Newspapers and Local Finance; Future of the GOP in IL; SNAP Benefits Coming Early; Listener Qs

On The 21st: A new study shows the cost of local government increases in areas without newspapers. Plus, with the inauguration of the Pritzker administration, Democrats now have a historic majority in Springfield. What does that mean for Republicans in Illinois? Also, SNAP benefits are arriving weeks early due to the government shutdown. We'll talk about how that impacts recipients and retailers. And, we answer your questions about Governor Pritzker. 

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January 14, 2019

The Inauguration Of Governor J.B. Pritzker

On the 21st: On Monday at 12:01 pm, J.B. Pritzker took the oath of office and become Illinois' 43rd governor. Niala Boodhoo and Brian Mackey hosted this special Illinois Public Radio coverage of the inauguration ceremonies.

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January 13, 2019

The Longest Government Shutdown In History, No Longer — How 1995 Changed Everything

It took three full weeks — 21 days — for President Bill Clinton and the Republican Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich to settle an impasse that partially shut down the government in 1995-96. That particular moment is a landmark in U.S. political history, birthing a new era of American gridlock that arguably led to the sharp partisanship that has gripped the nation — and delivered a new record for a partial government shutdown, marking Day 22 on Saturday.

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