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 SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - Illinois' budget impasse will replace the Grinch when it comes to decorating the state Capitol dome this year.

The Illinois Secretary of State's office, which maintains the Capitol building, announced Tuesday they will skip the annual tradition of stringing Christmas lights on the dome.

U of I grad makes it easier to follow state capitol bills

May 29, 2013

More than six thousand bills are before the Illinois General Assembly this spring session. Legislators have until Friday to get through them. And with some of the biggest policy issues facing the state still outstanding, measures will move, change and die rapidly. Illinois Public Radio’s Amanda Vinicky spoke with a recent University of Illinois Urbana Champaign graduate who has founded a company that aims to make it easier to follow what's happening at the capitol.