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Michelle Mussman

House races now key to Illinois' political power struggle

After a year of squabbles over the state budget, the outcome of Illinois' power struggle now hinges on dozens of House election campaigns that will determine whether Democrats can impose their will on Gov. Bruce Rauner or the Republican gains traction with his ideas to "shake up" the state.

Each side has millions of dollars to devote to the battles, which could define the remaining two years of Rauner's first term.

Rauner blames House Speaker Michael Madigan and the Democrats for the state's long-running financial predicament, and Republicans are asking voters to punish them for it in the November election. But the Democrats warn that Rauner's agenda would be...