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State Week: A behind the scenes battle for Democratic leadership in Illinois

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Brian Mackey
NPR Illinois | 91.9 UIS

The Democratic Party of Illinois will likely have a new chair after this weekend.

Congresswoman Robin Kelly has the job. But many, including Gov. J.B. Pritzker, want a change. They point to restrictions on Kelly, a federal officeholder, when it comes to raising money. Pritzker is backing State Representative Lisa Hernandez.

*(Note: this program was recorded prior to Kelly withdrawing her name from consideration.)

Also, a change of ownership is coming to the James R. Thompson Center in Chicago. We talk about it all on State Week.

Host Sean Crawford is joined by Statehouse Editor Hannah Meisel, the Chicago Tribune's Political Reporter Rick Pearson and WTTW's Politics Reporter Heather Cherone.

Hannah covers state government and politics for Capitol News Illinois. She's been dedicated to the statehouse beat since interning at NPR Illinois in 2014, with subsequent stops at WILL-AM/FM, Law360, Capitol Fax and The Daily Line before returning to NPR Illinois in 2020 and moving to CNI in 2023.