Bloomberg: Investors Just Want an Illinois Governor Who Will Avoid a Junk Rating

Illinois investors are endorsing fiscal stability this election.

No matter who wins the gubernatorial race next month, bondholders want the next chief executive to avoid a repeat of the longest budget impasse in U.S. history, one that put Illinois on the brink of becoming the first junk-rated state. That gridlock -- the result of a two-year standoff between Republican Governor Bruce Rauner and the Democrat-run legislature -- drove unpaid bills to a record $16.7 billion, forced cuts in social services, and sent borrowing costs to multi-year highs.

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