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Closer Look: Prairie chickens an election issue

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NEWTON, Ill. (AP) — A program to boost Illinois' declining population of greater prairie chickens is becoming an election-year issue, with some turning the bird into a feathered symbol of government financial waste. And like any other discussion of spending in Illinois, the state's poor financial health plays a leading role. State Sen. Bill Mitchell, a Republican from Forsyth, has complained...

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