Friday, June 4, 2010

Former state governors weigh in on Illinois' financial issues

Illinois’ pocketbook was certainly one of the topics of conversations at the State Politics and Policy Conference, hosted by the University of Illinois Springfield.

While all the four former governor’s who attended a roundtable Thursday night at the Old State Capitol have certainly dealt with budgets before, never one that’s 13 billion dollars in the hole.

“It’s a very tough time to be governor. In fact I’m glad I’m not governor right now,” said former Ohio Governor Bob Taft.

His state is going to face an 8 billion dollar budget hole next year, because there won’t be any stimulus money. He says Illinois’ situation is hard to imagine.

The former governor's comments at the SPPC Conference were featured by WICS-TV in a report on June 3, 2010.

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