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Michael Madigan

Obama to preach 'better politics' at testy Illinois Capitol

The Illinois state Capitol where President Barack Obama returns Wednesday with a plea for "better politics" is awash in an acidic partisan feud. Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner, Democratic legislative leaders led by longtime Speaker Michael Madigan and even Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel have engaged in sometimes uncomfortably personal attacks over the state budget mess, Chicago schools, the governor's appointments and more, taking finger-pointing to a new level.

The state stumbled along without a budget for eight months because Rauner insists on business-friendly changes in state law that would crimp union power to boost commerce while Democrats say a multibillion-dollar...