Governor Bruce Rauner and House speaker Michael Madigan
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December 26, 2017

Illinois Issues: Stories Of The Year

Illinois lawmakers ended the state budget impasse and made big changes to how the state pays for public schools. The state also wrestled with the debate over abortion and a nationwide rise in hate incidents.

Sen. Al Franken, and his wife Franni Bryson at the U.S. Capitol
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December 08, 2017

Sen. Al Franken Announces He Will Resign ‘In The Coming Weeks’

Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., facing multiple allegations of sexual misconduct, announced Thursday that he will be resigning. Speaking on the Senate floor, Franken said serving in the Senate has been "the great honor of my life" and that nothing he has done as a senator "has brought dishonor" on the institution. But he said, "it's become clear that I can't both pursue the Ethics Committee process and at the same time remain an effective senator" for the people of Minnesota.

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