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Replacing Illinois institution as secretary of state, Giannoulias makes modernization push

Publishes transition plan with input from former GOP challenger Brady By NIKA SCHOONOVER Capitol News Illinois SPRINGFIELD – For newly sworn-in Secretary of State Alexi Giannoulias, customer service is the central mission as he assumes the state’s second-largest constitutional office, replacing the man who had held it for nearly a quarter century. “Modernization and…

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Bills target pawnbrokers for tighter rate limits

Legislative Black Caucus calls them ‘predatory’ lenders; pawnbrokers push back By PETER HANCOCK Capitol News Illinois SPRINGFIELD – Members of the Illinois Legislative Black Caucus are pushing legislation to put pawnbrokers under the same interest rate caps as payday lenders and other small-dollar, short-term lenders, but the pawn shop industry says the proposed caps…

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