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State Senator Dave Koehler

Dan Brady looks at roadwork
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Central Illinois lawmakers visited the United Contractors Midwest asphalt facility in north Normal Thursday before touring the ongoing road construction on Interstate 74.

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Governor Bruce Rauner is finally weighing in on a bipartisan deal meant to end Illinois’ budget stalemate. Rauner shot down a key component of the compromise during his budget speech.

Rauner was kept out of the Senate negotiations from the start. He has since praised them in general but refused to get into specifics until now. In his budget speech to the General Assembly Rauner said he does support expanding the sales tax to cover more services but he opposes taxing groceries and drugs.