Amanda Vinicky

Amanda Vinicky has covered Illinois politics and government for WUIS and the Illinois Public Radio network since 2006.  Highlights include reporting on the historic impeachment and removal from office of former Gov. Rod Blagojevich, winning a national award for her coverage of Illinois' electric rate fight as a result of deregulation, and following Illinois' delegations to the Democratic and Republican national political conventions in '08 and '12.  

Though she's full-time with WUIS now, she previously interned with the station in graduate school; she graduated from the University of Illinois Springfield's Public Affairs Reporting program in '05.  She also holds degrees in journalism and political science from the University of Illinois Urbana Champaign. 

Amanda is insatiably curious, so please reach out to her and get in touch if you notice something interesting going on at the Capitol! She can be reached at (217) 206-6019 or (773) 217-0316. If she's not in the statehouse bureau, you can usually find Amanda tweeting, dining at a local restaurant, taking a jog around Springfield or Chicago or practicing yoga. 

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NPR Story
4:29 am
Thu April 10, 2014

Raising Gax Tax "Unwise," Says Quinn, But Offers No Other Ideas

Illinois Department of Transportation Secretary Ann Schneider announces an $8.6 billion, six-year transportation construction program, with Gov. Pat Quinn at her side.

Originally published on Tue April 15, 2014 10:50 am

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Illinois
5:16 am
Tue April 8, 2014

Lawmaker Calls For Review Of IHSA

Rep. Linda Chapa LaVia
Credit ilga.gov

Illinois lawmakers want to take a closer look at the Illinois High School Association,  the organization that sanctions sports and extracurricular competitions statewide.

Football, chess and water polo matches - not to mention band, drama and scholastic bowl competitions - are all governed by the IHSA.

It's a non-profit-group, based in Bloomington.

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Illinois
4:29 am
Thu April 3, 2014

Madigan Throws Support Behind Raising Minimum Wage

Originally published on Wed April 2, 2014 12:27 pm

  House Speaker Michael Madigan says there is "strong support" in the chamber for a hike in Illinois' minimum wage. That's one of the big issues in the governor's race.

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Population Control Cited
6:04 pm
Fri March 28, 2014

Bobcat Hunting Measure Passes House

Originally published on Fri March 28, 2014 4:49 pm

  Hunters and trappers could harvest bobcats, under a measure that got approval from the Illinois House.

Hunting bobcats has been illegal in Illinois for decades.

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NPR Story
6:30 am
Thu March 27, 2014

Quinn Tax Hike Plan Sets Stage For Governor's Race

Gov. Pat Quinn delivers his annual budget address on the House floor Wednesday. In his speech, Quinn called for extending the 2011 income tax hike.

Originally published on Fri March 28, 2014 12:42 pm

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Election 2014
7:15 am
Wed March 12, 2014

"The Limit Is Winning The Race"

The Republican candidates for governor: Sen. Bill Brady, Sen. Kirk Dillard, Bruce Rauner, Treasurer Dan Rutherford

Originally published on Wed March 12, 2014 6:33 am

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NPR Story
5:03 am
Wed March 5, 2014

Speaker Madigan Proposes $100 Million For Obama Library

Originally published on Tue March 4, 2014 8:25 pm

  The Democratic and Republican leaders of the Illinois House are taking opposing views on whether Illinois should promise taxpayer money to try and lure President Barack Obama's library and museum to Chicago.

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NPR Story
4:16 pm
Thu February 27, 2014

Illinois Politicians Challenge FEMA Formula UPDATED

A home all but wiped away in Washington, Ill. during the November tornado.
Lee Strubinger/WUIS

Originally published on Tue March 4, 2014 7:13 pm

UPDATE:  On Tues., March 4, FEMA denied Illinois' appeal for public assistance for nine counties.  

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NPR Story
4:00 am
Wed February 19, 2014

Republicans Race For Governor Becomes "Blood Sport"

One month, to the day, before the primary election, the four men running for the Republican nomination for governor debated one another in Springfield.

Originally published on Wed February 19, 2014 4:07 am

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NPR Story
4:54 am
Thu February 13, 2014

New Lincoln Postage Unveiled In Springfield

The new commemorative Lincoln stamp is worth 21 cents—not enough to mail a letter, but enough to cover an extra ounce of mail.

Originally published on Wed February 12, 2014 6:13 pm

  On the anniversary of Abraham Lincoln's birth Wednesday, the U.S. Postal Service issued a new stamp paying homage to the Sixteenth President.

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