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Barbara Flynn Currie
Bill would privatize Illinois economic development agency

Legislation privatizing Illinois' economic development agency and making the Abraham Lincoln Library and Museum a stand-alone agency is being considered in Springfield. The proposal filed by Democratic House Majority Leader Barbara Flynn Currie on Monday merges two ideas backed by House Speaker Michael Madigan and GOP Gov. Bruce Rauner. Leaders are beginning to negotiate the budget for the next fiscal year, which begins in July. Madigan has advocated for the Lincoln Library to be a stand-alone agency instead of under the Historic Preservation Agency, which would be eliminated under the proposal. Rauner, meanwhile, proposed during his successful campaign against former Democratic...

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