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State Week: $1.5bn surprise, Cannabis Language, Doubling Gas Tax, Broken DCFS

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Brian Mackey
NPR Illinois

Illinois gets an April surprise — $1.5 billion in unexpected revenue — as lawmakers debate what the windfall means. The public also got its first look at the long-anticipated language in a proposal that would legalize marijuana for recreational use.

Meanwhile, an audit found that child abuse and neglect investigations suffered during the budget impasse of 2015-17, and lawmakers advanced legislation that would more than double the gas tax in order to pay for infrastructure building and repair.

Sean Crawford hosts with regular panelists Charlie Wheeler, and Brian Mackey and guests Jaclyn Driscoll of NPR Illinois and Doug Finke of GateHouse Media and The State Journal-Register.

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