IL Informed

IL Informed

By State Matters
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 way lobbyists maneuver to keep them buried, to the secret ways you’re paying for hedge fund managers’ private plane rides...Glenance and Daniel will be pulling back the curtain and shining some light.
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Lobbyists
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, and what their impact is on the political process. And then we take a little detour to 2011/2012 and a funny little story called “buttongate.” Prepare yourself. It’s bananas.  Join us for a live show on April 29th at Lagunitas!  Credits:  Hosts: Glenance Green and Daniel Biss Producer: Kacie Smith Audio Engineer and Editor: AJ Olstad, Noisefloor Additional Compositions: Alexander Babbitt Asst. Producer: Jessica Maynard Asst. to the Producer: Matt Norris Theme Music: Ayanna Woods Graphic Design: Judith Mayer Marketing and Social Media: Amber Crossen and Lizzie Turner Photographer: Topher Alexander
38:12
April 16, 2019
Partisanship: In Two Acts
Episode 4 - We’re looking at partisanship, but with less yelling pundits and more political science. How is the legislative process different when one party controls both the legislative branch and the executive branch versus when control is split between the two major parties? What does “success” look like? And hindsight 20/20, what could Governor Rauner have done to be more successful?  Join us for a live show on April 29th at Lagunitas!  Credits:  Hosts: Glenance Green and Daniel Biss Producer: Kacie Smith Audio Engineer and Editor: AJ Olstad, Noisefloor Asst. Producer: Jessica Maynard Theme Music: Ayanna Woods Additional Compositions: Alexander Babbitt Asst. to the Producer: Matt Norris Graphic Design: Judith Mayer Marketing and Social Media: Amber Crossen and Lizzie Turner Photographer: Topher Alexander Special thanks to Eric Sherman
39:31
April 9, 2019
Define...Corruption
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 it when you see it? It’s currently a fundamental part of how things get done in Illinois, but does it have to be? And as always, we've got some juicy insider details from Daniel Biss.   Ready to do something about corruption in our state? We're putting together an ongoing list of resources. Check it out here:  https://medium.com/state-matters/corruption-ready-to-do-something-about-it-81fddbd43d3d  Credits:  Hosts: Glenance Green and Daniel Biss Producer: Kacie Smith Audio Engineer and Editor: AJ Olstad, Noisefloor Theme Music: Ayanna Woods Additional Compositions: Alexander Babbitt Graphic Design: Judith Mayer Marketing and Social Media: Amber Crossen and Lizzie Turner Special thanks to Victoria Salazar and Eric Sherman
51:28
April 2, 2019
Petty Crossroads
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 and the public is silent? When the cat’s away, the mice get petty.  With Special Guest David McEllis. Credits:  Hosts: Glenance Green and Daniel Biss Producer: Kacie Smith Audio Engineer and Editor: AJ Olstad, Noisefloor Theme Music: Ayanna Woods Additional Compositions: Alexander Babbitt Graphic Design: Judith Mayer Marketing and Social Media: Amber Crossen and Lizzie Turner
32:23
March 26, 2019
Referendum To Reality
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 road that made what seemed a ludicrous idea, into a reality. Grassroots activism, political maneuvering, absurd amounts of side-eye and potentially an assist from Republican Governor Bruce Rauner.  Credits:  Hosts: Glenance Green and Daniel Biss Producer: Kacie Smith Audio Engineer and Editor: AJ Olstad, Noisefloor Theme Music: Ayanna Woods  Additional Compositions: Alexander Babbitt Graphic Design: Judith Mayer Marketing and Social Media: Amber Crossen and Lizzie Turner
25:24
March 19, 2019
Introducing IL Informed
Meet Daniel and Glenance and find out why Daniel agreed to spill the beans/T on his time in Springfield! 
03:42
March 5, 2019
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