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Lawmakers divided on jobless benefits

STERLING – Just days after more than 550 people in Lee and Whiteside counties lost their unemployment benefits, the U.S. Senate on Tuesday voted to continue debate on Democrats' plan to extend those insurance payments for 3 months.To even clear that small hurdle, Democrats needed help from six GOP lawmakers who voted with them after some last-minute arm-twisting by President Obama. 16th District Republican Rep. Adam Kinzinger says he does not expect to see a bill anytime soon.

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