Why Illinois needed a Republican

Feb 2014
When Gov. Bruce Rauner stood in front of the General Assembly on Jan. 27 to deliver his State of the State address, it marked nearly seven months since Illinois had a budget.

The fiscal year began July 1, but the Republican governor and the state’s Democratic lawmakers have remained deadlocked. Mr. Rauner, elected in 2014 as a reformer by voters fed up with seeing their state underwater, wants to balance the budget and reform the disastrous public-pension system. No way, say Democrats, who have a stranglehold on the state legislature, and who insist on tax increases.
The Man Stopping Illinois From Digging a Deeper Fiscal Hole - WSJ