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State Week: 'The Rape In Champaign' — Newly Uncovered Email Suggests Cover-Up

This week, WBEZ Chicago reported on a 2012 email in which then-lobbyist Mike McClain priased a former state worker for having “kept his mouth shut on ... the rape in Champaign,” among other things.

The reaction to the email has been strong. McClain was more than a lobbyist — he was closely connected to House Speaker Michael Madigan. The speaker denies any knowledge of the email or the “rape in Champaign,” but that has not stopped criticism:

Meanwhile, a huge group of lawmakers meeting to consider ways to lower property taxes released a draft version of their report; Republicans were not impressed.

Sean Crawford hosts with regular panelists Charlie Wheeler and Brian Mackey, and guest Tony Arnold of Chicago public radio station WBEZ.

State Week | January 10, 2020

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Brian Mackey formerly reported on state government and politics for NPR Illinois and a dozen other public radio stations across the state. Before that, he was A&E editor at The State Journal-Register and Statehouse bureau chief for the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin.
The director of the Public Affairs Reporting (PAR) graduate program is Professor Charles N. Wheeler III, a veteran newsman who came to the University of Illinois at Springfield following a 24-year career at the Chicago Sun-Times.