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State Week: The governor's budget plan

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Brian Mackey
NPR Illinois

In a combined State of the State and Budget Address, Gov. J.B. Pritzkeroffered up his vision for the next budget cycle, starting in July.

The governor outlined more spending, some tax breaks and tax hikes. He also discussed the influx of asylum seekers and proposed more funds to help take care of the new arrivals.

He also irritated some interest groups, proposed a new plan to get a handle on pension funding and touted efforts to get more kids in preschool.

We discuss the budget plan and the Chicago White Sox owner, Jerry Reinsdorf, visiting the statehouse in an attempt to get money for a new stadium.

Host Sean Crawford is joined by Professor Emeritus Charlie Wheeler and Capitol New Illinois' Editor-in-Chief Jerry Nowicki.

The former 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.
Jerry Nowicki is bureau chief of Capitol News Illinois and has been with the organization since its inception in 2019.