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    Illinois cuts testing on 1 of 3 R's
    3/11/2005 -

    Chicago Tribune
    For the first time in more than a decade, Illinois students no longer have to take substantive writing exams or tests measuring their knowledge of fundamental principles of U.S. government and history--the result of some of the most severe state testing cutbacks in the nation.
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    Governor faces growing criticism
    3/11/2005 -

    Bloomington Pantagraph
    SPRINGFIELD -- Gov. Rod Blagojevich has made it a point to be more conciliatory in recent months, but an observer wouldn't have known it was working Wednesday.
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    Topinka: No more transfers of funds
    3/11/2005 -

    State Journal Register
    Treasurer Judy Baar Topinka said Thursday she will no longer transfer money from special state funds into the state's overall checkbook account until courts determine if the practice is legal.
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    Editorial: Low marks for governor
    1/22/2005 -

    Decatur Herald & Review
    Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich has just passed the halfway mark of his first term - a good time to assess the governor's administration on a variety of issues.
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    Lawmakers end session, begin one
    1/10/2005 -

    Daily Southtown
    Democrats hope to use the last two days of the current legislative session to change the way judges are elected in some counties and to make another push for a bill banning discrimination against gays.
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    Legislators ready for budget wrangling
    1/4/2005 -

    Champaign News Gazette
    Budget wrangling kept lawmakers in Springfield for a record-long session last year, and this year the budget will again be the chief topic of debate in the General Assembly, along with associated matters like education funding, rising medical costs and gambling expansion.
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    Letter to the Editor: Require Internet filters to shield kids
    1/4/2005 -

    Daily Herald
    The Illinois Family Institute applauds Gov. Rod Blagojevich's aspirations to keep explicitly sexual and violent video games out of the hands of children.
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    Limit on gov's deal OK sought
    1/3/2005 -

    Rockford Register Star
    The legislator who spearheaded rules governing state contracts wants to narrow Gov. Rod Blagojevich's power to waive conflicts of interest.
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    Welcome to Blagojevich's stunt of the month club
    1/2/2005 -

    Chicago Tribune
    When Rod Blagojevich served in the U.S. House, few were more vocal about the need for increased gun control.
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    Gold-plated guv
    1/2/2005 -

    Crain's Chicago Business
    After two years of feuding with Democrats and Republicans alike, plucking business' pocketbook and preening before every possible TV camera, you'd think freshman Gov. Rod Blagojevich would be facing one whopper of a re-election fight.
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    Pension panel the latest board to study a touchy subject
    12/30/2004 -

    Copley News Service
    The Illinois task force wrestling with state pension deficits could influence major changes or be entirely forgotten in a matter of months, if history is any guide.
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    No easy answers for pension problems
    12/30/2004 -

    State Journal Register
    In November, a bipartisan group of Illinois lawmakers met to hear next year's financial projections for the state. What they heard floored them.
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    With Blagojevich, actions bring little result
    12/26/2004 -

    Bloomington Pantagraph
    The presents are unwrapped, the holiday dinners have been served and children across the land are sitting contentedly on their family room floors blasting away at the TV screen with their new video games.
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    Forest Preserve's spending proposal is downright spooky
    12/20/2004 -

    Crain's Chicago Business
    Most of us in childhood learned from fairy tales that wandering into the forest can be scary.
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    Forest district board reorganizes
    12/18/2004 -

    Daily Herald
    A newly formed committee will help Lake County Forest Preserve District leaders prepare for upcoming issues and potential controversies, officials said.
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    Editorial: Governor's spending decisions largely political
    12/14/2004 -

    Decatur Herald & Review
    THE STATE of Illinois continues to have budget problems for several reasons - but chief among them is a lack of a strategic spending plan that makes sense.
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    Your opinion matters: How's the Gov doing?
    12/2/2004 -
    Illinois Leader
    Rod Blagojevich has been the governor of Illinois for two years now.
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    2003 State Budget fee increase improper, Cook Co. judge declares
    12/1/2004 -
    Illinois Leader
    A Cook County judge ruled on Monday that a business fee hike to pump up revenue for the state budget was improper, the Bloomington Pantagraph reported today.
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    Editorial: A tale of two leaders
    11/30/2004 -

    Chicago Tribune
    If you live in Cook County, you're going to be hearing a lot about taxes in the next few weeks. It's not good news: They're probably going up.
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    Editorial: Congressional spending bill is 'endless trouble' in the making
    11/29/2004 -

    Chicago Sun-Times
    Bad things, very bad things, can happen when federal legislators don't pay attention.
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    Illinois runs a tight ship compared with other states
    11/29/2004 -

    Chicago Sun-Times
    There's never a shortage of complaints about government waste, but national statistics show Illinois' state government is running leaner than many people think.
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    We've got the tax hike blues
    11/29/2004 -

    Chicago Sun-Times
    Hold on to your wallet.
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    Editorial: Lawmakers shouldn't rush into budget decisions
    11/28/2004 -

    Decatur Herald & Review
    Last week's veto session by the General Assembly was anticlimatic, especially after all the hype that legislators would tackle such hot-button topics as tort reform, expanding gambling and gun control.
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    Editorial: Emotional response to security won't fix problems
    11/23/2004 -

    Bloomington Pantagraph
    The Illinois House and Senate have done it again -- another knee-jerk, emotional vote to approve a "plan" that could cost an estimated $5.6 million that isn't in the budget.
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    Where's the love for the governor in Springfield?
    11/19/2004 -

    Chicago Tribune
    Why in the world do so many Democratic politicians seem to so openly despise their first Democratic governor in 30 years?
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    More budget trouble likely
    11/18/2004 -

    State Journal Register
    Illinois' budget picture next spring could be as bad as it was this year, the General Assembly's financial forecasters said Wednesday.
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    Panel predicts tight state budget
    11/18/2004 -

    Crain's Chicago Business
    Another year, another budget crunch for the state of Illinois.
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    Letter to the Editor: Gov should say no to more casinos
    11/12/2004 -

    Daily Southtown
    Governor, keep your campaign promise; please don't cave into the pressure.
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    Letter to the Editor: Governor's commitment to children & families
    11/10/2004 -

    Chicago Tribune
    This is regarding "Parents wonder why governor won't fund day care; Construction has been stalled for 2 years on a facility for children of low-income families, because Blagojevich froze the promised funding" (Perspective, Oct. 24).
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    Editorial: Schools looking for a cure while gov hawks cheap pills
    11/1/2004 -

    Rockford Register Star
    Across the state, school boards and district administrators are feeling sick. All that red ink they face in their budgets is enough to make them ill. Indeed, some districts are fighting for their lives.
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    Regional superintendents not sure they'll have jobs
    10/24/2004 -

    Daily Herald
    Clem Mejia and the 44 other regional superintendents across Illinois found their jobs in jeopardy last year via Gov. Rod Blagojevich's proposed budget.
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    Olympia district passes budget
    9/14/2004 -

    Bloomington Pantagraph
    Olympia School District passed its budget Monday but reported no new information about what will happen to closed school buildings.
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    LTE: Pats on the back all around
    9/12/2004 -

    Daily Southtown
    The recent state budget provides a perfect example of how the media's focus has shifted from public policy and its impact on everyday people to stories of political intrigue, one-upsmanship and scandal. Unfortunately, the people of Illinois are not aware of the herculean bipartisan effort put forth by our elected officials.
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    Editorial: Cutting school consolidations funds a mistake
    9/4/2004 -

    Decatur Herald & Review
    When a state cuts back on spending in some areas, there's always a group that will play Chicken Little and claim the sky is falling.
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    State board to award big pact amid protest
    9/3/2004 -

    Chicago Tribune
    The Illinois State Board of Education voted Thursday to finalize a contract worth about $45 million with a standardized testing firm represented by a lobbyist who has close ties to the governor.
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    Web offers view of Ill. senators; State Senate to add cameras to record activities
    9/1/2004 -

    Crain's Chicago Business
    Good news for folks who think three C-SPAN channels just isn't enough government: The Illinois Senate plans to start televising its sessions over the Internet.
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    LETTER TO THE EDITOR: New state budget puts people first
    8/27/2004
    As a longtime citizen activist, I take great interest in how our state's money is spent and how we are governed.
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    District 87 names CFO, legal officer
    8/26/2004 -

    Bloomington Pantagraph
    The Illinois State Board of Education's director of operations is leaving his position to become the District 87 chief financial and legal officer.
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    EDITORIAL: Return District 150 focus to students, classrooms
    8/24/2004 -

    Peoria Journal Star
    As some 15,000 Peoria children return to District 150 classrooms today after a long summer break, may the focus actually be on them rather than the adult goings-on at 3202 Wisconsin Ave.
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    LETTER TO THE EDITOR: State funds will improve teaching and learning
    8/12/2004 -

    Chicago Sun-Times
    Wilmette -- Public service can be a thankless job, but on behalf of Illinois schoolchildren, I thank our legislators, legislative leaders and Gov. Rod Blagojevich for doing a good job of crafting a budget compromise that delivers significant new dollars for education.
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    Schools to break even on state aid
    8/11/2004 -

    Chicago Tribune
    NAPERVILLE -- Although they once feared a possible loss of millions in state aid, Indian Prairie School District 204 officials expect to break even in the new fiscal year.
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    Governor restores student grants; Scholarships aid future teachers
    8/10/2004 -

    Chicago Tribune
    After fretting for months about whether they would receive college tuition scholarships, several hundred aspiring teachers learned that their state scholarship program will get funded.
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    GOP looks out for Illinois taxpayers
    8/4/2004 -

    Chicago Sun-Times
    This year's budget negotiations led to the longest legislative session in the history of Illinois.
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    County schools get more money from state deal
    8/2/2004 -

    Kane County Chronicle
    Kane County school districts are expected to receive more than $13 million in new state funding for programs and students in this year.
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    Budget overtime helped Central Illinois come out winner, legislators say
    8/1/2004 -

    Decatur Herald & Review
    MATTOON - In politics, as in sports, a lot can happen in overtime. Namely, the underdog can engineer a come-from-behind victory.
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    Testing cuts raise questions
    8/1/2004 -

    Champaign News Gazette
    SPRINGFIELD - In other budget action in Springfield this session, legislators voted to save $6.3 million by cutting testing programs that set standards for curriculum and learning at many schools.
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    Schools aren't counting money yet
    8/1/2004 -

    Champaign News Gazette
    TOLONO - Michael Shonk is pleased to see budget negotiations in Springfield resolved and to know his district is starting off the new school year on positive financial footing.
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    Governor signs austere budget
    7/31/2004 -

    Bloomington Pantagraph
    SPRINGFIELD -- Gov. Rod Blagojevich on Friday signed a state budget that closes a multibillion-dollar deficit and increases funding for education and health care.
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    Meet the winners and losers of latest legislative session
    7/31/2004 -

    Daily Herald
    SPRINGFIELD - Jan Bradley learned Feb. 18 that Gov. Rod Blagojevich planned to eliminate her job and those of the more than 300 other employees at the St. Charles Youth Center in a sweeping set of budget cuts.
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    Lessons for all concerned
    7/29/2004 -

    State Journal Register
    ILLINOIS SPEAKER of the House Michael Madigan gives his analysis on our Op-Ed page today of the record overtime session of the General Assembly, which finally led to $45.5 billion state operation budget last Saturday. Madigan notes that "the results were good and hold some important lessons."
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    Memos spell out spending in budget
    7/29/2004 -

    State Journal Register
    “Memorandums of understanding” that legislative leaders required Gov. Rod Blagojevich to sign include:
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    Budget deal has provided opportunities
    7/29/2004 -

    Southern Illinoisan
    With the wounds from this summer's bruising state budget battle finally beginning to heal, Illinois residents are finally finding themselves with the opportunity to forget the rhetoric of the past several weeks and look to the items in the new budget which will be of benefit to them.
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    It all adds up; good and bad numbers in budget
    7/28/2004 -

    Rockford Register Star
    There were a lot of happy folks in Springfield over the weekend, mainly because they wouldn't have to be in Springfield any longer. And we're happy when they're happy -- this time, at least.
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    School officials examine budget
    7/28/2004 -

    Bloomington Pantagraph
    BLOOMINGTON -- Area school officials are examining the just-passed state budget to see how it will affect their individual districts. They also have questions about some cuts within that budget and the future of education funding.
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    Budget won't be a boon to schools
    7/28/2004 -

    Daily Herald
    It's not as though any district is getting rich.
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    Where the education ax is falling
    7/28/2004 -

    Daily Herald
    More money may be going to education in the state's next budget, but there still are programs that didn't escape the budget ax.
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    Madigan, Bradley laud state spending plan on Southern Illinois trip
    7/26/2004 -

    Marion Daily Republican
    Speaker of the Illinois House Michael Madigan made the Williamson County Regional Airport in Marion one of the stops on a state fly-around to discuss the new Illinois budget.
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    Finally, a budget deal -- now let's see some teamwork
    7/26/2004 -

    Chicago Sun-Times
    We admit the continued seesawing in Springfield over the budget was making us a little dizzy.
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    Gov comes out of budget deal bruised, but still on his feet
    7/26/2004 -

    Chicago Sun-Times
    He ticked off many of his fellow Democrats. He kept calling the General Assembly into special session -- a $300,000 expense.
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    FY05 Final Elementary and Secondary Education Overview
    7/26/2004
    An overview of the final FY04 budget and FY05 budget for elementary and secondary education.
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    8 weeks late, lawmakers OK $46 billion plan
    7/25/2004 -

    Chicago Tribune
    SPRINGFIELD -- In one final burst, the record-breaking overtime session of the Illinois General Assembly came to a bitter close late Saturday, with few claiming complete victory but everyone glad it was over.
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    State has tentative budget
    7/21/2004 -

    Peoria Journal Star
    SPRINGFIELD - After setting records for overtime futility, Gov. Rod Blagojevich and the four legislative leaders Tuesday reached a tentative agreement on a new state budget.
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    Decatur school board OKs tentative budget; still waiting on legislature to act
    7/21/2004 -

    Decatur Herald & Review
    DECATUR - With the absence of an approved state budget hampering the board's ability to plan for the coming school year, the Decatur school board on Tuesday approved a tentative budget based on last year's figures.
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    Tentative budget deal reached
    7/21/2004 -

    Chicago Tribune
    SPRINGFIELD -- Gov. Rod Blagojevich said late Tuesday he and legislative leaders have reached a tentative agreement on a state budget--even as they set a modern-day record for lateness in securing a budget deal.
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    Blagojevich, state leaders finally agree on budget
    7/21/2004 -

    Chicago Sun-Times
    SPRINGFIELD -- On the 50th day of a record-breaking overtime legislative session, Gov. Blagojevich and General Assembly leaders struck a tentative agreement Tuesday night for a new state budget.
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    Deal would boost school funding
    7/19/2004 -

    Chicago Sun-Times
    Illinois public schools would get about $355 million more in state funding under a tentative agreement on a key part of the state budget, lawmakers said Friday.
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    Key budget issue settled; agreement reached on school funds
    7/16/2004 -

    State Journal Register
    Gov. Rod Blagojevich and the four legislative leaders reached tentative agreement Thursday on an education-spending plan, hours after the two Republicans in the room briefly walked out of negotiations they said were going nowhere.
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    Governor, legislative leaders reach tentative education deal for budget
    7/16/2004 -

    Decatur Herald & Review
    Gov. Rod Blagojevich and legislative leaders reached a tentative education funding agreement Thursday night.
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    Education remains sticking point in budget negotiations
    7/15/2004 -
    Budget talks moved at a glacial pace Wednesday, with education funding a sticking point in negotiations.
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    State budget fight focuses on school
    7/12/2004 -

    Daily Herald
    Whether suburban schools will share in nearly $350 million of increased state spending has become potentially the key issue dividing lawmakers in budget talks.
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    State Impasse limits chances of D-300 hiring teachers
    7/12/2004 -

    Northwest Herald
    As state budget talks diminish hopes for more education money, District 300 officials are backing away from their projections of hiring more teachers this fall.
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    Education remains focus of stalled state budget talks
    7/8/2004 -

    Decatur Herald & Review
    Gov. Rod Blagojevich and legislative leaders zeroed in on education funding during Tuesday's budget talks.
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    Educators to push school priorities for budget talks
    7/8/2004 -

    Chicago Tribune
    Worried that education programs may get shortchanged, a group of city and suburban educators plans to urge lawmakers Thursday not to forget the public schools in the scramble to end the budget stalemate.
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    Budget talks center on education funding
    7/7/2004 -

    State Journal Register
    A nearly four-hour meeting had Gov. Rod Blagojevich and the four legislative leaders zeroing in on about a $350 million increase for education and a number of options for closing what's been estimated as a $488 million gap between what lawmakers want to spend and the money available to pay for it in the fiscal year that began July.
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    Fiscal 2005 begins without new budget
    7/1/2004 -

    Peoria Journal Star
    The beginning of the 2005 fiscal year marks the second consequential deadline the state's top political leaders let slip away without a budget compromise in sight.
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    Madigan, Jones, Watson see budget talks in own way
    6/22/2004 -

    Chicago Sun-Times
    SPRINGFIELD -- Negotiating the state budget has become so chaotic that officials couldn't even agree Monday on whether they were close to a deal on filling the $2.3 billion deficit.
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    'Breakthrough' reported on state budget talks
    6/19/2004 -

    Chicago Sun-Times
    Gov. Blagojevich showed a new willingness Friday to keep the Vandalia prison Downstate open after more than four hours of closed-door budget meetings with the General Assembly's leaders.
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    Governor says budget agreement close; legislators disagree
    6/17/2004
    Gov. Rod Blagojevich said Wednesday that state leaders were "very close" to ending the state budget standoff, but at the same time, he and House Democrats were preparing contingency plans to keep the government running if they fail.
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    All signs point to long stalemate over budget
    6/12/2004 -

    Daily Southtown
    The governor and legislative leaders met for two hours Friday to try to end a state budget stalemate, but they left offering no details of any progress and showing clear signs that they expect the dispute to drag on.
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    Guv takes budget dispute to the people
    6/7/2004 -

    Crain's Chicago Business
    Blagojevich says the state must "make the right and necessary investments" by giving schools $400 million more, expanding preschools to serve an additional 8,000 children, providing health care for 56,000 additional people and more.
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    'That's pork!' 'Is not!' 'Is too!'
    5/19/2004 -

    Chicago Tribune
    The he-wolves and the she-wolves in Springfield are gnarling. The state's finances are in greater disarray than Willie Nelson's checkbook. Political allegiances are as frayed as Britney Spears' blue jeans. It's a fine time, in other words, to pause for an existential question: When a governor denies that pork is pork, even if it smells like frying bacon, is it still pork?
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