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Asian stock markets were uneven on Wednesday after mixed reports on China's manufacturing activity indicated lingering weaknesses in the world's second-largest economy and U.S. consumer confidence dropped for a second month.
Some Illinois schools and colleges are in jeopardy of closing and more social services and state programs are at risk of being eliminated amid a legislative standoff unlike anything the state has seen.
It was the strongest May in the metro in years, and, in a shift, houses outnumbered apartments.
Illinois appears poised to enter a second year without a budget after lawmakers finished their legislative session Tuesday without agreement on a spending plan, setting up a November electoral showdown while public schools and social service providers brace for an uncertain future.
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