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Illinois Lawmakers Say Stakes Are High To Pass Budget In Special Session; Note Lack Of Activity

The Illinois Legislature wrapped up its third day of a special session. Gov. Bruce Rauner called the meeting to force a budget deal before July 1, when the state crosses into its second year without a full spending plan. A northwest Illinois state senator said the special session so far has been an exercise in frustration. Tim Bivins, R-Dixon, likened the session to a classic sitcom. “[It] reminds me a little bit of the original Seinfeld show," he said, “where it was a show about nothing....

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DeKalb, IL – The Illinois House seat in the 70th district is up for grabs this fall. But before voters can decide on a candidate from the different parties, they'll have to pick a Republican next week. WNIJ's Simone Orendain has this profile of one of the Republicans, Joe Wiegand.

DeKalb, IL – The seven Democrats running for U-S differ on some issues. Each can cite different reasons why they are the one best suited to take on a Republican in the general election this fall. But the candidates largely agree on one issue: the way President Bush has handled the war in Iraq.

DeKalb, IL – Two DeKalb couty Republicans seek their party's nomination for State Representative in next week's primary. The 70th district includes all of DeKalb County, and parts of Ogle and LaSalle counties. Incumbent Bob Pritchard has held the job since last December. He was appointed to fill out the remainder of the term for the late State Representative David Wirsing. Now, Pritchard is being challenged by fellow Republican Joe Wiegand. Chris Lehman has this profile.

DeKalb, IL – The field of 15 candidates running for one of Illinois' U-S senate seats narrows down to two once this primary wraps up. You've seen the debates and lots of advertising. And with recent allegations of drug use and domestic problems... you thought you knew everything there was to know about them. But we dug a little deeper and asked them to share something about themselves that few people know. Simone Orendain has their responses.

DeKalb, IL – Polls show that voters in Illinois and nation-wide have one thing ontheir minds: jobs. It's no surprise that each candidate in the race for U.S. Senate has a plan to attract jobs to the state.

DeKalb, IL – The eight Republicans and seven Democrats running for U.S. Senate are trying to convince Illinois voters that they deserve to move on to the November election. We continue our look at the Democrats: WNIJ's Susan Stephens reports on the issues at the top of each candidate's list of priorities.

Sycamore, IL – Voters in the City of Sycamore will have the chance to cast a vote in favor of slowing the city's growth. A question is on the ballot in this month's primary. WNIJ's Chris Lehman reports:

DeKalb, IL – Illinois voters have just over a week left to decide who to vote for in the March 16th Primary. Last week we introduced you to the eight Republicans seeking their party's nomination for the U-S Senate. This week, we'll meet the seven Democrats seeking the office. Today, WNIJ's Chris Lehman asks each of the candidates why they've decided to seek the office.

DeKalb, IL – All this week, the Republicans running for one of Illinois' U.S. Senate seat shared their priorities and ideas about jobs, the war in Iraq, and national security. In our final installment of where the G.O.P. candidates stand, WNIJ's Simone Orendain covers the controversial issues.

DeKalb, IL – The war in Iraq and its aftermath are expected to play a large role in the Fall election. But the range of opinions is much more subtle between candidates in the primary election. In part four of our series on the Republican Senate candidates, WNIJ's Susan Stephens reports on where they stand on national security and rebuilding Iraq.

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