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Daisy Contreras / NPR Illinois

Illinois is joining 35 other states this year attempting to give divorced couples equal parenting time. The issue is stirring debate among family law attorneys, mental health professionals, parents and others.  

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  The ongoing budget crisis  hobbling Illinois government was front and center in Springfield.

The state's "Budgeting for Results” commission is supposed to single out well-managed programs for the government to fund.  The idea is that focusing funding makes the government more efficient.  

But Vickie Smith was among several people who told commissioners that the state government workforce has gotten so small, it’s actually making things less efficient.