IL Informed

IL Informed
Poet, activist and researcher Glenance Green and former state legislator/gubernatorial candidate Daniel Biss, come together to talk Illinois politics, government and how the heck it all works (or doesn’t) in Springfield. From the games that are played just to let bills see the light of day, to the way lobbyists maneuver to keep them buried, to the secret ways you’re paying for hedge fund managers’ private plane rides…Glenance and Daniel will be pulling back the curtain and shining some light. Support this podcast:

Bonus: Legislative Session Recap
Jun 11, 2019 • 39 min
In this little bonus ep, Daniel Biss talks with Senators Melinda Bush and Robert Peters about the avalanche of legislation passed here in Illinois in 2019. Credits: Hosts: Glenance Green and Daniel Biss Producer: Kacie Smith Audio Engineer: Ari Mejia…
May 28, 2019 • 53 min
Episode 10 - Our swan song for IL Informed Season 1. After all this talk about how the system works, we dive into how to make the system accountable. What does accountability actually mean? What does it look like? Accountable to whom? And how do we as…
May 21, 2019 • 37 min
Episode 9 - The work doesn’t stop when a bill becomes a law. In this episode, Daniel and Glenance talk about implementation, enforcement, and why we all need to stay engaged beyond the bill signing ceremony. Hold the champagne, cause it ain’t over yet.…
Knowledge is Power
May 14, 2019 • 42 min
Episode 8 - Transparency! It’s something we’re always begging for, because knowledge actually IS power. And the current lack of transparency is pretty much the reason this podcast exists. But what does true government transparency look like? And how can…
BONUS - Harassment in the Capitol
May 9, 2019 • 9 min
This is from our conversation about Speaker of the House Mike Madigan. Glenance and Daniel discuss the environment that has allowed for sexual harassment to go unchecked in Springfield and the systemic reforms that are now being proposed by Senator…
May 7, 2019 • 43 min
Episode 7 - The inevitable Speaker of the House Mike Madigan episode. A lot has been said about him in the press and a lot of folks already have their minds made up about the powerful Democrat and his role in state government. But we’ve got a tale or two…
BONUS Live Episode
May 1, 2019 • 69 min
A detour from our norm with special guests Khadine Bennett with ACLU Illinois and State Senator Ram Villivalam. This episode was recorded live at Lagunitas Brewing Company. Our guests give a recap of what’s happened and look at what’s to come in…
BONUS - Dark Money
Apr 26, 2019 • 8 min
BONUS FROM THE BUDGET EP! Glenance and Daniel talk about the strange and massive dark money showdown that’s happening over the progressive/graduated/fair tax. There are well-funded titans on both sides of this one, but how common is ‘dark money’ in…
Budget Shmudget
Apr 23, 2019 • 41 min
Episode 6 - This one’s 32 minutes about the budget, 8 minutes about cake. No Illinois government podcast would be complete without a long hard look at the budget, at least not in 2019. This episode we talk through the nuts, bolts, whats and hows of the…
Apr 16, 2019 • 38 min
Episode 5 - We’ve mentioned them a few times: lobbyists. Crusaders for justice or guns for hire? Or both! We talk about what they do, how they do it, and what their impact is on the political process. And then we take a little detour to 2011/2012 and a…
Partisanship: In Two Acts
Apr 9, 2019 • 39 min
Episode 4 - We’re looking at partisanship, but with less yelling pundits and more political science. How is the legislative process different when one party controls both the legislative branch and the executive branch versus when control is split between…
Apr 2, 2019 • 51 min
Episode 3 - Big topic = Big episode. Now that we’ve got a foundation on the legislative process, we’re diving headfirst into Illinois’ corruption . We hear about it a lot, but what even is corruption? Do you just know it when you see it? It’s currently a…
Petty Crossroads
Mar 26, 2019 • 32 min
Episode 2 - Now the flip side, how a non-controversial bill becomes a law. It should be simple, but what actually happens when the spotlight is off and the public is silent? When the cat’s away, the mice get petty. With Special Guest David McEllis.…
Referendum To Reality
Mar 19, 2019 • 25 min
Episode 1 - The beginning. The basics. How a bill becomes a law. But more often than not, that process is anything but basic. We look at the $15 minimum wage increase that passed in February 2019 and the long, winding road that made what seemed a…
Introducing IL Informed
Mar 4, 2019 • 3 min
Meet Daniel and Glenance and find out why Daniel agreed to spill the beans/T on his time in Springfield! —- Support this podcast: