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John J Cullerton

Shutdown and showdown in Springfield

Shutdown and showdown in Springfield

Another day, another financial crisis for the state of Illinois. If the bickering in Springfield makes your head hurt, we understand. Most days, it seems like a lot of noise. How many times can the politicians declare a crisis? Crisis management is not a temporary situation here, it's the regular order of business. Illinois government lurches along. But there is significance to July 1, 2015. It is Day 1 of the state's new fiscal year. The state has no spending plan for the year. The governor vetoed a phony budget that would have spent up to $4 billion more than the state will take in. More contagion: Two weeks ago, the Chicago City Council, at the behest of Mayor Rahm...

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