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47th District State Senator Jil Tracy (R-Quincy) was the guest speaker at the August meeting of the McDonough County Interagency Council.  Tracy spoke about her background working as a lawyer and her nearly eight year tenure as a state representative for the 94th district.

WATCH-LISTEN: State Budget Forum - Macomb

Aug 30, 2017

NPR Illinois and Tri States Public Radio host the seventh Illinois Issues Forum on the state's financial health and the lasting impacts of the two-year-long state budget impasse.

The state's largest private provider of social-service programs is closing 30 programs serving 4,700 people because of the budget impasse. 

Lutheran Social Services of Illinois announced Friday it is laying off 750 employees -- about 43 percent of its staff. 

President and CEO Mark Stutrud says the state owes $6 million. He says the nonprofit can no longer rely on bank credit or its fundraising foundation to cover its costs.