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State Senator Christine Radogno (R) of Lemont will become the first woman in history to head an Illinois legislative caucus when the 96th Illinois General Assembly is sworn in on January 14. The incoming Senate Republican Leader talks with WSIU's Jak Tichenor about the crisis facing Illinois government in the aftermath of Governor Rod Blagojevich's arrest on political corruption charges and as the state struggles with billions of dollars in red ink.
Radogno was elected by her colleagues to succeed outgoing Senate Republican Leader Frank Watson in November after Watson suffered a stroke. A member of the Illinois Senate since 1997, the suburban Chicago lawmaker has been the Senate GOP's point person on fiscal issues in recent years and serves on each of the Senate's three Appropriations Committees. Republicans currently hold 22 of the Illinois Senate's 59 seats.
Host: Jak Tichenor
Guest(s): Christine Radogno
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