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|Schillerstrom Says Government is Broken
|A Republican candidate for governor is accusing the current Democratic leadership for the state's budget woes and says it will only get worse.
DuPage County Board Chairman Bob Schillerstrom, one of a handful of Republicans vying for the governor's office, says it wasn't just the past Democratic leadership that left the state in financial ruins, but also the current administration, namely Gov. Pat Quinn.
Regarding the latest financial blunder to fall in Quinn's lap, the announcement by the University of Illinois to begin furlough days to try to make up for over $400 million owed to the college by the state. Schillerstrom says this is the latest example of a lack of leadership from Quinn. He points to Quinn's lack of leadership on a state budget.
"What I would have done is I would have vetoed that budget and I would have said, it's not balanced, it doesn't meet the needs of the people of Illinois," Schillerstrom said.
The Republican believes there must be a massive overhaul of budget procedures in Springfield. "I would engage in zero-based budgeting, which means that every single dollar has to be justified. I would prioritize and determine what's important," Schillerstrom said. He says there are plenty of cuts to be made to balance the budget, despite what Quinn claims.
"The problem we have today is that Pat Quinn and the leaders in the legislature, both Republican and Democrat, they didn't want to say no to anybody so they said yes to everybody and they left everybody in the lurch, which is wrong," Schillerstrom said. "I will say no to people. I will make people angry. I will shake things up. I will reprioritize."
(Illinois Radio Network)
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