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Attorney General fights budget cuts

Wed, 07 Mar 2012 12:08:51 CST
By: AP

Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan says her office can't afford to keep its top lawyers and that further budget cuts would damage her ability to generate money for the state. Madigan says her office is starting to "deteriorate" as lawyers leave for better-paying jobs. Governor Pat Quinn wants statewide officials to cut spending by 9 percent. Madigan is pushing back. She says deeper cuts would wind up costing more in the long run because her office wouldn't bring in as much from legal settlements. Madigan says her office brought in more than $900 million last year for the state, 30 times more than it spent.

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