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Below are the latest stories on the pension issue in Illinois.

State Week: Rauner Wanted Out; Emanuel Issues To-Do List

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Brian Mackey
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NPR Illinois

Gov. Bruce Rauner says he tried to get out of his doomed re-election bid. In an interview with Craig Wall of WLS-TV, Chicago's ABC station, he says he tried and failed to recruit other people to take his place on the ballot.

Meanwhile, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanual is siding with conservative interest groups in calling for a change to the pension protection clause of the Illinois Constitution. He also joined other mayors in calling for a huge increase in the state tax on gasoline and diesel fuel in order to pay for infrastructure.

Sean Crawford hosts with regular panelists Charlie Wheeler, Brian Mackey and Daisy Contreras, and guest Heather Cherone, managing editor and City Hall reporter for The Daily Line.

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.
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