CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) - Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich didn't top the list of the state's top 10 news stories of 2012 but the political culture he thrived on and the state's financial mess dominate that list.
The $96 billion gap between Illinois pension obligations and what it can afford was No. 1 in the AP's annual survey of its Illinois member editors and staff.
No. 2 was the year's drought, and Blagojevich's exit to prison was No. 3.
At No. 4 was President Obama's re-election while No. 5 was Gov. Pat Quinn's plan to close prisons to save money. A plan to shore up Medicaid came in at No. 6.
Nos. 7 and 8 were the tornado that killed seven people in Harrisburg and the city comptroller form Dixon who embezzled $53 million.
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