Why Illinois needed a Republican

Feb 2014
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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