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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 Live Episode

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 and look at what’s to come in Springfield this legislative session. Major highlights are the Reproductive Health Act, the graduated/progressive/fair tax, and legalizing recreational marijuana. 

Our cohort also gets into questions about equity in state legislation, how folks can influence Springfield, and their personal experience now that Democrats are in control of both the Governor’s seat and the legislature. 

A partisanship warning - Given the feelings and stances of the cohort and the audience being based in Chicago, we want to acknowledge that there’s a specific partisan bent to this conversation (and also some of the applause). We hope folks will find it useful and informative regardless of your political affiliation! 

Hosts: Glenance Green and Daniel Biss

Producer: Kacie Smith

Event Producers: Lizzie Turner and Steph Krim

Recording: Zachary Sigelko 

Theme Music: Ayanna Woods 

Additional Compositions: Alexander Babbitt

Graphic Design: Judith Mayer

Marketing and Social Media: Amber Crossen and Lizzie Turner

Photographer: Topher Alexander

Special thanks to Patrick Engman, Topher Alexander, and Devin Soule. 

And an extra special thanks to Lagunitas Brewing Company

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