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Inside the Illinois State Capitol dome
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Rebuilding Illinois After Budget Impasse & Public Opinion; Sears Nostalgia

On the 21st: Illinois finally has a budget. But after two years of going without - what will it take to rebuild? Plus, one of the reasons Illinois budget standoff become the longest since the Great Depression -- most people said it didn’t really matter to them. And, Sears has been losing billions of dollars and 43 more stores nationwide are closing. Retirees in Illinois join us to talk about what Sears meant to them.

House Speaker Michael Madigan, left, speaks with reporters on Wednesday.
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How Illinois’s Budget Impasse Affects Schools, Businesses, Social Services; DCFS Director Resigns

On the 21st: Illinois legislators ended yesterday’s final scheduled session without approving crucial state funding. We heard from listeners and spoke with stakeholders. Plus, the director of the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services announced he's stepping down, amidst an ongoing ethics probe and following several recent deaths of children whose homes were being investigated.

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