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Pandemic, social unrest, statehouse scandals top 2020 stories Pandemic, social unrest, statehouse scandals top 2020 stories

Pandemic, social unrest, statehouse scandals top 2020 stories

For Illinois, the year seemed to begin on a hopeful note. The state was running a budget surplus for the first time in many years. By February, unemployment had fallen to an all-time low. But things were about to change amid a backdrop of pandemic and government corruption scandals that rocked the foundation of power of the nation’s longest-serving state legislative leader.

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