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17 percent of Illinois budget goes to meet pension obligations

While social service agencies reel under Illinois budget cuts and state suppliers, including medical providers for the poor, are getting stiffed by the state to the tune of billions of dollars, the money poured down the rat hole of state pensions continues unabatted. A staggering 17.4 percent of Illinois general fund spending will go into... Read more »

How can Illinois (aka Greece) climb out of its deep budget hole?

Tribune columnist Eric Zorn and I debate how Illinois could–if ever–resolve its financial crisis.  To Eric from Dennis: We have seen Greece, and it is us. When Greek mobs were rioting over government austerity measures needed to secure sufficient international loans to keep the country afloat, the discussion on CNBC immediately turned to whether the... Read more »
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