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State Week: Bonding Bills, Dodging DACA, And Dumping Tickets

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Brian Mackey
NPR Illinois

Gov. Bruce Rauner says his administration will finally go to the bond market to help refinance billions of dollars of unpaid bills. The move is expected to save the state hundreds of millions of dollars a year in interest penalties.

Meanwhile, the Illinois reaction to President Donald Trump's DACA decision was swift and severe, at least among Democrats. Attorney General Lisa Madigan joined other sstate in suing the president, but Rauner would not say whether he thinks the young immigrants without legal status should get to stay or be deported.

Finally, Democratic state Sen. Daniel Biss replaced his running mate over a controversy about American policy toward Israel.

Sean Crawford hosts with regular panelists Charlie Wheeler and Brian Mackey, and guest Matt Dietrich, who writes for PolitiFact Illinois, which is part of the Better Government Association.

Brian Mackey formerly reported on state government and politics for NPR Illinois and a dozen other public radio stations across the state. Before that, he was A&E editor at The State Journal-Register and Statehouse bureau chief for the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin.
The former director of the Public Affairs Reporting (PAR) graduate program is Professor Charles N. Wheeler III, a veteran newsman who came to the University of Illinois at Springfield following a 24-year career at the Chicago Sun-Times.
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