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State Week: The year in review

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Brian Mackey
NPR Illinois

From the influx of migrants to Chicago to court battles over legislation, 2023 was a headline-making year in Illinois.

Both the state and city struggled to care for asylum seekers being sent from Texas. Illinois became the first state to abolish cash bail. And, a ban on assault weapons and high capacity magazines took effect.

We discuss those topics and more on our year-end episode.

Host Sean Crawford is joined by Professor Emeritus Charlie Wheeler and Chicago Tonight's Amanda Vinicky.

The former director of the Public Affairs Reporting (PAR) graduate program is Professor Charles N. Wheeler III, a veteran newsman who came to the University of Illinois at Springfield following a 24-year career at the Chicago Sun-Times.
Amanda Vinicky moved to Chicago Tonight on WTTW-TV PBS in 2017.