The same week Springfield gets a budget, we get a new Springfield Editor. This week on The Aldercast, you’ll meet Rae Hodge, the latest addition to The Daily Line’s team. She’s a Kentucky General Assembly veteran, Fulbright Scholar, and lover of data journalism and deep dives. She’ll be doing the same kind of detailed coverage of committees and agencies in the ILGA as we do here in Chicago and Cook County.

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