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About Illinois Lawmakers

Illinois Lawmakers is the longest-running television series providing continuing coverage of the Illinois General Assembly. Launched in 1986, the program provides in-depth coverage and analysis of the General Assembly by veteran Statehouse reporters, news features, and interviews with leading lawmakers from both sides of the aisle.

Illinois Lawmakers is broadcast during the spring session of the Illinois General Assembly and fall veto session. The series also provides live coverage and legislative reaction to the Governor’s State of the State and Budget Message speeches.

Illinois Lawmakers is produced in partnership by WSIU-TV Carbondale and WTVP-TV Peoria. Jak Tichenor of WSIU-TV joined the series as Statehouse Correspondent in 1991 and became the series host in 2005.

How to watch Illinois Lawmakers

Illinois lawmakers is available on your local Illinois Public Television Stations, check local listing for details. Episodes are also available on this website and with the PBS Video App which is available for mobile devices, streaming devices such as Amazon Fire TV, Ruku, Apple TV. Etc, and on Samsung Smart televisions built in 2017 and after.