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    Black Caucus notches wins on education, criminal justice as health care proposals fall short in lame duck session 

    Leaders of the Illinois Legislative Black Caucus declared victory Wednesday after lawmakers approved most planks of their sweeping legislative package aimed at stamping out systemic racism during the final hours of the General Assembly’s lame duck session. 

    The General Assembly approved bills overhauling state laws on education, criminal justice and economic development, but companion suite of proposals aimed at closing racial disparities in health care failed to reach the finish line.

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