The big federal budget bill that is supposed to avert another “government shutdown” is far from perfect, in the opinion of the Illinois Public Interest Research Group, a consumer group. Advocate Dev Gowda says the priorities are still wrong.

“They continue to pay the international advertising bills of trade associations for profitable industries,” says Gowda, “while it doesn’t put a dime in building high-speed rail … at a time when Americans are driving less and choosing transit more.”

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Gowda says another thing the bill overlooks – food safety inspections.

When asked if there were any heroes or villains in the Illinois delegation, Gowda wouldn’t or couldn’t name any.

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