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Illinois enters 2017 with no state budget

Illinoisans can be forgiven for having a sense of dÃjà vu. The six-month spending plan passed by the General Assembly at the end of June expired at midnight Saturday.


As of now, state lawmakers aren't due to return to Springfield until Jan. 9 for what would be a very abbreviated lame-duck session where outgoing lawmakers could still vote on a new state spending plan and elements of Gov. Bruce Rauner's pro-business "turnaround agenda" if they chose.


The 100th edition of the General Assembly will get started Jan. 11 when inauguration ceremonies are held for senators and representatives elected in November.


In the meantime, here are some questions regarding the state of the state's struggling finances.


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