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It's going to take a lot to fix Illinois' troubled college savings program. That's the message legislators heard Tuesday while grilling the head of the state agency that oversees College Illinois.

Governor Pat Quinn is not saying a whole lot in response to criticism of his State of the State address.

Asked where he would get the money to support some of the tax breaks he is pushing, such as abolishing the state tax on natural gas and creating a new tax credit for families, Quinn said it would all be laid out in his budget address February 22nd.

Quinn says what he is focused on at the moment is his job creation agenda. He says his number one priority is economic growth and jobs. He says more will be said about the state's financial challenges come the budget address.

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The state's largest public employees union says Governor Pat Quinn is two-faced.

Earlier this week during his state of the state address, Governor Pat Quinn laid out an agenda that includes tax cuts and increased education spending. The state's largest public employees union says that belies Quinn's reasoning for withholding members' pay raises.

The Illinois General Assembly is considering a measure that would bar employers from asking job applicants for their social media passwords.   

Top lawmakers are hopeful there will be a jobs package ready for a vote, when they return for the second half of the veto session.

Illinois Senate President John Cullerton (D-Chicago) says there is a way to replace revenue that would be lost by offering tax relief to people and businesses.

Meanwhile Senate Minority Leader Christine Radogno (R-Lemont) says it is not just businesses struggling because of the state's tax hike.

Illinois' Auditor General says the state needs to do a better job keeping track of its vehicle fleet.

The legislature ordered an audit of the state fleet in the interest of making sure there's adequate oversight of the vehicles.

The findings show cause for concern because there's not enough monitoring.

Auditor General Bill Holland says the state's tracking and accounting for the use of Illinois' more than 16 thousand vehicles is - in one word - "deficient."