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A Midwest farmer turned comedian turned politician is weighing in on Illinois' massive budget deficit.  Hillsboro Mayor-Elect Drew Hastings says part of the problem is that public employees see themselves as heroes, not just citizens.

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Hastings says he knows he'll get a lot of heat for saying that but he claims it's everyone's job to protect the community.  He says public employees demand high pensions and get perks that other citizens don't get.  Hastings' comments come as Illinois lawmakers are faced with a proposal to freeze union pay raises until the state is out of debt.  They could deal with the issue as early as November 29th when they're back in session.   Hastings will make an appearance on "Jay Leno" tonight to lay out his perspective on American politics. 

 
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