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In Illinois Capitol, lobbying is a growing business


When it comes to his pledge to grow business in Illinois, Gov. Bruce Rauner’s presence in the Capitol has triggered an increase in at least one sector.

According to a review of state records, the number of lobbyists patrolling the marble-floored Statehouse is at its highest level in five years.

Some say the uptick is linked to having a Republican in the governor’s office for the first time in 12 years, but others think a push by utility companies for favorable changes in state law is playing a role.

“With the new administration, there are those who do business with the state who feel the need to have more direct contact with executive branch employees,” said state Rep. Dan Brady, R-Bloomington.

In addition, the change in administration has left former members of Gov. Pat Quinn’s inner circle and former lawmakers ready to cash in their connections working as lobbyists.

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