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Last year NPR Illinois toured the state in partnership with NPR member stations to hear how the two-year state budget impasse impacted communities in Illinois. The adoption of a budget provided some clarity for those affected but many challenges remain. In November, 2017 , NPR Illinois and Tri States Public Radio hosted a forum at the Spoon River College Outreach Cetner to discuss how the budget impasse was affecting the Macomb community and the future fiscal health of Illinois. This year, we aim to seek solutions to many of the fiscal problems that persist and discuss the prominent issues in the 2018 elections.On Thursday June 7, 2018 NPR Illinois in partnershp with Tri States Public Radio brought their Illinois Issues Forum tour to Galesburg at Prairie Players Civic Theatre.Support for the series is provided by AARP.

WATCH-LISTEN: Seeking Solutions on State's Fiscal Health - Springfield

Sean Crawford (standing) and the panel: (left to right) Jim Edgar, Beverly Bunch, Brian Mackey, and Donne Trotter listen to an audience question at the 2018 Illinois Issues Forum seeking solutions for the state's fiscal health.
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Sean Crawford (standing) and the panel: (left to right) Jim Edgar, Beverly Bunch, Brian Mackey, and Donne Trotter listen to an audience question at the 2018 Illinois Issues Forum seeking solutions for the state's fiscal health.

Watch the first Illinois Issues Forum from Springfield.  Our 2018 election coverage starts discussing the fiscal health of Illinois. 

This forum is produced and hosted by NPR Illinois with support provided by AARP Illinois. 

Listen to the discussion of solutions Illinois can pursue to improve its fiscal health. Former Governor Jim Edgar, State Senator Donne Trotter, budget professor Beverly Bunch, and statehouse reporter Brian Mackey offer analysis and answer audience questions.

The Panel:

  • Jim Edgar, Retired, Illinois Governor / Visiting Senior Fellow, University of Illinois Institute of Government and Public Affairs (IGPA)
  • Donne Trotter, Retired, Illinois State Senator
  • Beverly Bunch, PhD, Professor, University of Illinois Springfield / State Budget Research Team, Volcker Alliance
  • Brian Mackey, Statehouse Reporter, NPR Illinois
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Emcee:  Sean CrawfordAs someone who values being knowledgeable about Illinois, please support this public radio station by clicking on the, "Donate" button at the top of this page.  If you're already a supporter, thank you!

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Brian Mackey
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.