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IL Informed

15 EpisodesProduced by State MattersWebsite

Poet, activist and researcher Glenance Green and former state legislator/gubernatorial candidate Daniel Biss, come together to talk Illinois politics, government and how the heck it all works (or doesn’t) in Springfield. From the games that are played just to let bills see the light of day, to the w… read more

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Bonus: Legislative Session Recap

June 11th, 2019


In this little bonus ep, Daniel Biss talks with Senators Melinda Bush and Robert Peters about the avalanche of legislation passed here in Illinois in 2019. 


Hosts: Glenance Green and Daniel Biss

Producer: …


May 28th, 2019


Episode 10 - Our swan song for IL Informed Season 1. After all this talk about how the system works, we dive into how to make the system accountable. What does accountability actually mean? What does it look like? …


May 21st, 2019


Episode 9 - The work doesn’t stop when a bill becomes a law. In this episode, Daniel and Glenance talk about implementation, enforcement, and why we …

Knowledge is Power

May 14th, 2019


Episode 8 -   Transparency! It’s something we’re always begging for, because knowledge actually IS power. And the current lack of transparency is pretty much the reason this podcast exists. But what does true government …

BONUS - Harassment in the Capitol

May 9th, 2019


This is from our conversation about Speaker of the House Mike Madigan. Glenance and Daniel discuss the environment that has allowed for sexual harassment to go unchecked in Springfield and the systemic reforms that are …


May 7th, 2019


Episode 7 - The inevitable Speaker of the House Mike Madigan episode. A lot has been said about him in the press and a lot of folks already have …

BONUS Live Episode

May 1st, 2019


A detour from our norm with special guests Khadine Bennett with ACLU Illinois and State Senator Ram Villivalam.

This episode was recorded live at Lagunitas Brewing Company. Our guests give a recap of what’s happened …

BONUS - Dark Money

April 26th, 2019


BONUS FROM THE BUDGET EP! Glenance and Daniel talk about the strange and massive dark money showdown that's happening over the progressive/graduated/fair tax. There are well-funded titans on both sides of this one, but …

Budget Shmudget

April 23rd, 2019


Episode 6 - This one’s 32 minutes about the budget, 8 minutes about cake. No Illinois government podcast would be complete without a long hard look …


April 16th, 2019


Episode 5 - We’ve mentioned them a few times: lobbyists. Crusaders for justice or guns for hire? Or both! We talk about what they do, how they do it, …

Partisanship: In Two Acts

April 9th, 2019


Episode 4 - We’re looking at partisanship, but with less yelling pundits and more political science. How is the legislative process different when …


April 2nd, 2019


Episode 3 - Big topic = Big episode. Now that we’ve got a foundation on the legislative process, we’re diving headfirst into Illinois' corruption . We hear about it a lot, but what even is corruption?  Do you just know …

Petty Crossroads

March 26th, 2019


Episode 2 - Now the flip side, how a non-controversial bill becomes a law. It should be simple, but what actually happens when the spotlight is off …

Referendum To Reality

March 19th, 2019


Episode 1 - The beginning. The basics. How a bill becomes a law. But more often than not, that process is anything but basic. We look at the $15 minimum wage increase that passed in February 2019 and the long, winding …

Introducing IL Informed

March 5th, 2019


Meet Daniel and Glenance and find out why Daniel agreed to spill the beans/T on his time in Springfield! 

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