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Illinois attorney general: Trump’s emergency declaration could cost state $6 million

By Benjamin Yount
Illinois News Network

SPRINGFIELD — Illinois’ attorney general said he is suing President Donald Trump’s administration to keep about $6 million in the state.

Illinois is one of 20 states that have filed suit over Trump’s emergency declaration to build a border wall.

Attorney General Kwame Raoul said the lawsuit is not just about the wall. He says he’s suing to keep millions of dollars in the state.

“Illinois could lose potentially $6.6 million,” Raoul said. “The military facility [changes] within Illinois could impact up to 85,000 individuals within the state.”

Raoul didn’t explain how he got to that number.

California is leading the lawsuit, but Raoul said Illinois will be playing an active role.

“It’s important to note that while California is one of the ‘border states,'” Raoul said. “What happens at the border impacts the country at large.”

The Trump administration has said it expected the lawsuit from the states.


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