On Topic

In partnership with the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute at Southern Illinois University, WSIU presents On Topic.

This weekly segment features experts from the Simon Institute, analyzing and commenting on current issues facing the region, state, and nation.

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WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with SIU Debate Coach Todd Graham about recent sexual harassment scandals that continue to grab headlines across the nation.

In this week's On Topic, WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with Paul Simon Public Policy Institute Visiting Professor John Jackson about the just-finished Illinois Veto Session. Many of Gov. Bruce Rauner's vetoes were overridden, though he did have some success. Lawmakers also were forced to grapple with accusations of sexual harassment and legislative inaction.

WSIU's Jennifer Fuller discusses the 2017 Illinois Fall Veto Session with Paul Simon Public Policy Institute Interim Director Jak Tichenor. While the two-week session is normally procedural, this year's meetings are producing bombshell accusations along with override votes that pit lawmakers against their party leaders.

WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with SIUC Political Science Department Chair Tobin Grant about the effect of money in today's political campaigns. The 2018 race for Illinois Governor is expected to be one of the most expensive in history, and Grant takes a look at what that means for candidates and for voters.

WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with SIU Debate Director Todd Graham about the change in America's tone. From cable networks to talk radio, Americans are hearing and speaking about politics differently. Graham examines how that affects both the governed and the governing.

WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with Paul Simon Public Policy Institute Professor Linda Baker for this week's episode of On Topic. More than two dozen state lawmakers have announced they're retiring, or are not running for reelection in 2018. Baker analyzes what that means for the legislature.

WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with Paul Simon Public Policy Institute Visiting Professor John Jackson about reaction to Governor Rauner's decision to sign HB40, a controversial abortion funding bill.

WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with Paul Simon Public Policy Institute Interim Director Jak Tichenor about Gov. Bruce Rauner's announcement he'll sign HB40, which provides public funding for abortions in Illinois.