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Illinois state budget

 The final forum co-hosted by St. Louis Public Radio was held before an audience on Nov. 16 at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville to adress the budget crisis in Illinois.
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NPR Illinois (WUIS) in Springfield hosted a series of public forums in 11 locations around the state to address the continuing fallout over the budget impasse in Illinois.

On Tuesday’s St. Louis on the Air, we aired excerpts of the final forum co-hosted by St. Louis Public Radio to take a look at the issues and how the state can move forward. It was held before an audience on Nov. 16 at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville.

The panel was moderated by WUIS news director Sean Crawford and included:

Illinois Misses Deadline To Pass Budget, Consequences Hover

Jul 1, 2017
The Illinois capitol building in Springfield, Ill.
The Illinois capitol building in Springfield, Ill. / Jeremy Wilburn | Flickr

  A $36.5 billion plan to rebuild Illinois' crumbling finances passed a critical test on Friday, but a powerful legislative leader said no deal would be reached before a midnight deadline — meaning Illinois will enter its third consecutive fiscal year without a budget.

Democrat Sheila Simon and Republican Paul Schimpf
From campaigns

In Illinois’ 58th district, it’s lieutenant governor versus lieutenant colonel in a race for the Metro East’s only open state senate seat.

Republican David Luechtefeld of Okawville is retiring after 22 years in office. He has endorsed Paul Schimpf of Waterloo, a former Marine and political newcomer. Schimpf is running against a familiar name in Illinois politics, former Lt. Gov. Sheila Simon, a Democrat from Carbondale.

Courtesy Madison County Fair Association

Organizers of the Madison County Fair say the 120-year-old event will go on as usual this week, despite the ongoing lack of funding from the state of Illinois.

This is the second year for the state's budget impasse, which has held up funds earmarked for county fairs. Organizers from across the state have scrambled to make do, said Wayne Steiner, president of the Madison County Fair Association.