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Behind the Headlines: Illinois has finally passed a budget. What’s next?

The Illinois State Capitol.
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Illinois has finally passed a budget, but the state's finances are still in shambles.

On our Friday “Behind the Headlines" segment, we take a look at a top news story from the week. This week, we turned our attention to the Illinois budget and, then, to Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens' actions this week. 

The state of Illinois has been without a budget for 736 days. Yesterday, that changed. State lawmakers overrode Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner's veto of their proposed budget, which he opposed due to income tax increases and the spending plan. This ended the budget stalement, but Illinois' finances are still in deep trouble. More on that here

On Friday’s “Behind the Headlines” on St. Louis on the Air, Amanda Vinicky, a correspondent on “Chicago Tonight” on WTTW Chicago Public Television and longtime statehouse reporter, joined host Don Marsh to bring us up to speed on the budget situation and what happens next.

After our discussion with Vinicky, St. Louis Public Radio political reporter Jo Mannies joined the program to discuss Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens' actions this week, including a controversial Facebook Live attacking "fake news."

Listen to the full discussion:

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