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01/25/2016 11:09 am ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Infographic: The State of the State of Illinois in 2016

Gov. Bruce Rauner on Wednesday delivers his second State of the State Address in the Illinois House chamber at the Capitol.

In his first address last year, the newly-inaugurated governor said correcting Illinois government's fiscal troubles and driving down its persistently high, post-recession unemployment would require "shared sacrifice." The speech was noteworthy for its audacity: Rauner called on Democrats to help him take on some of their closest allies -- organized labor and trial lawyers -- and to embrace concepts, like term limits, they've long opposed.

What kind of progress report can Rauner give this week when he returns to the podium?

From pensions to education, here's a quick look at the state of Illinois, then and now.

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