The Smoke Filled Room Podcast

An Illinois Insiders’ Guide to State and Local Politics.

Episodes Date

Who won in Springfield's Spring Session, or better put? Who didn't win? Plus, some thoughts on how Chicago's new Mayor Lori Lightfoot may need to wrangle with her City Council to get her ambitious ref...
June 6, 2019
The guys discuss the first Chicago mayoral ad buys, which union endorsements are most effective, what legislation will the new general assembly take up first, when and how will a capital bill come, a...
December 23, 2018
Victor and Mike talk through what brought Democrats such big wins this year, how does Pritzker avoid becoming a Democratic Bruce Rauner and will this month's huge turnout affect municipal elections in...
November 13, 2018
Mike and Victor walk through how political decision makers think through their last week strategies, how they spend their money, from the perspectives of legislative leaders and statewide campaigns. T...
November 1, 2018
Victor and Mike talk through the biggest campaign spenders of Illinois state legislative campaigns -- Mike Madigan and... who? Then the possibility that four Illinois GOP congressmen could lose their ...
October 16, 2018
Mike and Victor walk through polling, TV ads and where the votes are for the 2018 Illinois Governor and Attorney General races. Then, they discuss the growing field of candidates for Chicago's Februar...
October 5, 2018
December 19, 2017
December 5, 2017