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WSIU InFocus travels to Springfield this week to gather reaction from Southern Illinois lawmakers to Governor Pat Quinn's 2012 Budget Message, which will be presented to the Illinois General Assembly on February 22. Governor Quinn is expected to call for deep cuts in Medicaid spending, which now accounts for nearly a fourth of the state budget. Pension reforms, closing state facilities, and across-the-board agency budget cuts are also on the list of proposals the Governor is expected to outline for lawmakers.
WSIU senior producer Jak Tichenor, host and Statehouse Correspondent for the statewide public television series Illinois Lawmakers, will talk with area members of the Illinois House and Senate to get their response to the Governor's speech.
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