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State’s fiscal diet doesn’t ban Madigan, Cullerton pork: Mihalopoulos

Illinois Speaker House Michael Madigan D-Chicago left Illinois Senate President John CullertD-Chicago right speak before Illinois Gov. PQuinn delivers State

Illinois Speaker of the House Michael Madigan, D-Chicago, left, and Illinois Senate President John Cullerton, D-Chicago, right, speak before Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn delivers the State Budget Address to a joint session of the General Assembly in the House chambers at the Illinois State Capitol March 26, 2014 in Springfield Ill. (AP Photo/Seth Perlman) ORG XMIT: ILSP101

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From City Hall to Springfield, we hear the same warning again and again.

We have no money.

Somehow, though, taxpayer dollars materialize mysteriously for one pet project and another.

Our leaders say state and local government desperately need to find new revenue sources and cut spending.

Still, politicians’ desire to cut ribbons seems to often outweigh government’s need to cut costs.


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