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There might not be a budget, but Illinois could become the first state with a law on the books that gives Muslims a formal voice in government.

The creation of an Illinois Muslim-American Advisory Council is one of more than 400 bills awaiting Gov. Bruce Rauner's signature. It landed on the Republican governor's desk shortly before presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump renewed his call to ban Muslims entering the U.S., after a shooter of the Islamic faith killed 49 people at an Orlando, Fla., nightclub.

Muslim leaders say Rauner's signing of the bill would send a welcome message to the community that Illinois does not condone Trump's approach. The governor's office said he is reviewing the bill.


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