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What Illinois’ Legislators Are Doing Instead of Balancing the Budget

Illinois is leading the Midwest in outbound migration, leading the Midwest in unemployment, and leading the Midwest in pension debt and unpaid bills. So naturally, our representatives in Springfield are talking about bacon and milkweeds.

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Illinois Policy’s Kristina Rasmussen Breaks Down Springfield’s Grand Bargain on WROK

As an Illinois taxpayer, maybe you're aware of something being worked on in Springfield called "The Grand Bargain." As Illinois Policy's Kristina Rasmussen explained to us today on the WROK Morning Show, given the host of financial problems our state has--it's not grand, and it certainly not a bargain for taxpayers.

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Springfield Lands on a Top 20 List of Best State Capitals

We all know that our state doesn't always fare so well on lists of the "Best of," and unfortunately shows up too often on the "Worst of" lists. However, when it comes to the "livability" of state capitals around the US, our Springfield does pretty well.

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Senator Dave Syverson Talks Taxes, Budgets, and Springfield on WROK

With much of the political news focus on Washington, we thought it would be a fine idea to invite State Senator Dave Syverson into our studio to discuss Springfield politics and personalities, and what that means to the Rockford area.

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Rockford Tops a List We’d Rather Not Be On

We see lists of cities all the time. Largest, smallest, fastest-growing, best nightlife, best food, most attractions, highest median home price, affordability, you name it. Unfortunately, Rockford generally makes a poor showing on those "best" lists, and ranks right up near the top in the "worst" lists.

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Check Out the Lincoln Museum’s “Rare and Rarely Seen” Exhibit

If you've never been down to Springfield's Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum, they're rolling out for display some really cool and interesting items that visitors would normally not get the chance to see.

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Illinois State Rep Files Bill to Restrict Pokemon Go Players

Depending on where you come down on the whole Pokemon Go phenomenon, you're either delighted to hear that this public menace enslaving the minds of today's youth may be brought to heel...or you think that State Rep Kelly M. Cassidy (D-Chicago) is someone who likes to yell at kids to get off of her lawn.

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Illinois’ Budget Problems Get the Daily Show Treatment

It's been bad enough having a front-row seat for Illinois' budget standoff and the many problems that having no budget agreement has caused. Having the Daily Show's correspondent Jordan Klepper arrive with a camera crew to weigh in on the issue is helping to make us a national punchline.

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Illinois House Takes Up Gun Control Legislation

A day after the U.S. Senate rejected four different gun control proposals, Illinois House member Gregory Harris, D-Chicago, introduced a new gun control measure in the House, and it's gaining some bi-partisan support.

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Illinois Budget Battles: “This is Simply Embarrassing.”

There's been a lot of talk over the last year about Illinois' lack of a state budget, and a lot of finger-pointing between the political parties over the continuing impasse. Very few things illustrate the disconnect between the majority and minority parties as well as an exchange between legislators after the Democrats in the House passed Speaker Madigan's 500-plus page, $7 billion out-of-balance spending plan for fiscal 2017.

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