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While Metro East residents struggle, local lawmakers continue to get paid over 2-week spring break

The Illinois General Assembly adjourned April 11 without passing a balanced budget or tackling essential reforms to save the state from financial ruin.

State worker pensions, health care crowd out spending on education, public safety, human services

Illinois state government now pays more for pensions and health care for state workers than it spends on K-12 education, public safety or human services, according to Gov. Bruce Rauner’s fiscal year 2017 budget book.