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It'll be a long, tough challenge but Illinois Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka says the state can pull its way out of debt. 

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The state still has about eight and a half million dollars in debt. Topinka says lawmakers must stay focused and say "No" to any new programs.  Democratic leaders are talking about borrowing again but Topinka says that will just put the state in a deeper hole.  And that means taxpayers will be ultimately be hit with the bill.

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