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After a full year in office, most of it without a balanced budget from lawmakers, Illinois’ governor says the number one issue is growing the economy.

Republican Governor Bruce Rauner says he has accomplished a lot: saving taxpayers millions in government operations, increasing funding for early education, and what he says are innovated new contracts with over a dozen employee unions that includes merit pay. However the governor says he’s disappointed lawmakers haven’t come together to bring about structural reforms.

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While the governor says growing the economy is most important, Speaker Michael Madigan has said the number one issue is solving the budget deficit. Rauner has been at odds with a Democrat supermajority in the General Assembly who have, for more than six months, not passed a budget with revenues equal to spending.

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