Illinois Takes Different Path To Balance Budget

Published on: 9/7/2011

Republicans in Wisconsin were able to close a massive budget deficit without large-scale layoffs of state employees, increasing taxes or reduction of services. Illinois, facing its own budget issues, is opting for a different budget-fix solution.

The Chicago Tribune reports Illinois Governor Pat Quinn is planning to issue layoff notices to thousands of state workers and close state facilities, including facilities providing services to mentally ill and developmentally disabled.


The grim Illinois news stands in stark contrast to Wisconsin news, as Republicans continue the process of reducing the size of government, lowering the tax burden on citizens, and getting people back to work.