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Govenor's Budget Message

On March 10, Illinois Governor Patrick Quinn gave his Budget Address for fiscal year 2011 to a joint session of the Illinois General Assembly at the State Capitol Building in Springfield, and WSIU's Jak Tichenor was there to file this report as part of the statewide public television series Illinois Lawmakers. Tichenor, Statehouse reporter and host of Illinois Lawmakers, provides an overview of the Governor's speech, as well as reaction from area state lawmakers from both parties in the House and Senate, and SIU President Glenn Poshard. Quinn is proposing higher taxes and $2-billion in spending cuts for public education, social services, and the public safety sectors of state government in order to close the gap on the state's nearly $13-billion budget deficit.

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