Amanda Vinicky

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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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The Illinois State Board of Elections is assuring voters of the integrity of the ballot box.  This comes as Donald Trump continues to claim that the election is "rigged."

Assistant Director Jim Tenuto says tampering with electronic voting machines or coordinating a statewide effort to cheat would be difficult.  

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Illinois makes it tough for independent and third-party candidates to run for office, especially when compared with the petition rules for Democratic and Republican candidates.  

Democratic U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin says there’s good reason for some disparity.

“Those of us ... many of us here are invested in a party structure that invests a lot in making sure we field a slate of candidates, year in, year out, election after election," Durbin said. "If you want to appear out of nowhere and be treated similarly, you have to have a claim of legitimacy."

If your voter registration isn't updated yet, this weekend is your final chance to easily do it from your computer or smart phone.

Online registration in Illinois ends this Sunday.

Keith Freeman, with the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless, has spent the campaign season visiting homeless shelters with a goal of getting 300 residents to register.

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After receiving inquiries, the Illinois State Board of Elections has issued an alert to assure voters of the integrity of the upcoming election.

It comes as Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump continues to claim that the election is "rigged."

In last night's debate, Trump was cagey about whether he'll accept the outcome on November 8th.

The board's assistant director, Jim Tenuto, says tampering with electronic voting machines or coordinating a statewide effort to cheat would be difficult, given that elections are locally-managed.

The latest data shows the number of unemployed Illinois residents is at its lowest since September of 2007.

But officials with Governor Bruce Rauner's administration say Illinois is still lagging when it comes to job growth.

Bob Gough, with the Illinois Department of Employment Security, says the state has nearly 40,000 fewer jobs than peak employment, in pre-recession fall 2011.