Tuesday In Springfield: Women’s March And Abortion Bill

Lawmakers, lobbyist and visitors stand along the "Brass Rail" outside the House chambers during veto session at the Illinois State Capitol Thursday, Dec. 1, 2016, in Springfield, Ill.
Lawmakers, lobbyist and visitors stand along the "Brass Rail" outside the House chambers during veto session at the Illinois State Capitol in December. Seth Perlman / AP Photo
Lawmakers, lobbyist and visitors stand along the "Brass Rail" outside the House chambers during veto session at the Illinois State Capitol Thursday, Dec. 1, 2016, in Springfield, Ill.
Lawmakers, lobbyist and visitors stand along the "Brass Rail" outside the House chambers during veto session at the Illinois State Capitol in December. Seth Perlman / AP Photo

Tuesday In Springfield: Women’s March And Abortion Bill

About 1,500 women from a variety of organizations descended on the Illinois state capitol on Tuesday to call attention to a number of legislative issues, including a controversial bill that would expand taxpayer-funded abortions. 

As marchers rallied outside, Democratic state legislators approved that bill, which puts pressure on Republican governor Bruce Rauner. For more on how this issue could play out and why a stopgap measure to fund state universities signals bad news for the state budget "grand bargain," we turn to NPR Illinois state government and politics reporter Brian Mackey and WBEZ state politics reporter Tony Arnold.