Brian Mackey

Illinois Statehouse Reporter

Brian Mackey covers Illinois state government and politics from the WUIS Statehouse bureau. He was previously A&E editor at The State Journal-RegisterĀ and Statehouse bureau chief for theĀ Chicago Daily Law Bulletin. He can be reached at (217) 206-6020.


Election 2014
10:41 am
Fri January 24, 2014

Candidates Pitch 'Electability' At GOP Debate

The 2014 Republican candidates for governor are, from left: state Senator Bill Brady, state Treasurer Dan Rutherford, Bruce Rauner, and state Senator Kirk Dillard.
Credit Illinois Public Broadcasters

The four men competing for the Republican nomination for Illinois governor met in Peoria Thursday night for a live debate broadcast on public radio and television stations across the state.

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Election 2014
12:32 pm
Thu January 23, 2014

Campaigns Must Disclose Payroll Numbers

Bruce Rauner speaks with reporters late last summer
Credit Brian Mackey

The Illinois State Board of Elections is putting a stop to a practice that's allowed political campaigns to hide some of their spending.

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High Jobless Rate in Illinois
4:20 pm
Mon January 20, 2014

Durbin Pushing for Unemployment Assistance

U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin speaks with reporters Sunday outside his home in Springfield.
Credit Brian Mackey

U-S Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) said one of his first priorities when the Senate reconvenes will be to call for an extension of unemployment benefits.

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Cass County Murder
9:01 pm
Wed January 15, 2014

Skinner Requests Early Release from Prison

Shirley Skinner, 78, is serving a 55-year sentence for shooting Steven Watkins in the back of the head.
Credit Illinois Department of Corrections

An elderly woman convicted in a notorious central Illinois murder case is asking the governor to let her out of prison.

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Supreme Court Ruling
11:05 am
Sun January 12, 2014

Policyholder Cannot Be Excluded from Own Policy

The Illinois Supreme Court is clamping down on a certain type of car insurance policy.

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