CHICAGO (CBS) — A new year doesn’t mean the end to old problems for the State of Illinois.

As WBBM Newsradio’s Nancy Harty reports, Gov. Pat Quinn will have a full plate in 2012.

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The state was able to persuade Sears Holdings Corp. and the CME Group to stay in Illinois, after they, along with a long list of other companies, threatened to move away if they didn’t get tax breaks.

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When asked what lies ahead in the state for 2012, Quinn told reports, “Obviously, a number of challenges – jobs, economic development, helping people move forward.”

The governor and state lawmakers will again try to find common ground on new gambling options next year. Efforts to bring a casino to Chicago got hung up on who would regulate and own it.

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The bid by the horse racing industry for slot machines at racetracks also remains up in the air.