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McCombie: ‘Huge task’ in rebuilding House GOP caucus McCombie: ‘Huge task’ in rebuilding House GOP caucus

McCombie: ‘Huge task’ in rebuilding House GOP caucus

Illinois Republicans suffered big losses in the 2018 elections, giving up seven House seats and handing a 74-44 supermajority to Democrats. Now it’s up to state Rep. Tony McCombie (R-Savanna) to try and turn things around, and she has no illusions about how big of a task that will be.

Truly balanced budgets have proved elusive in Illinois (WITH VIDEO) Truly balanced budgets have proved elusive in Illinois (WITH VIDEO)

Truly balanced budgets have proved elusive in Illinois (WITH VIDEO)

Gov. J.B. Pritzker will deliver his first budget address Wednesday, laying out his spending plan for the upcoming fiscal year, in a highly-anticipated speech before a joint session of the General Assembly. Pritzker campaigned in 2018 on a promise to balance the state’s budget. But what, exactly, constitutes a “balanced” budget can be open to interpretation.

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