Bloomington Pantagraph: Illinois budget woes worse than previously thought

SPRINGFIELD — The state of Illinois faces a potential budget deficit of $3.2 billion in the upcoming fiscal year that begins July 1, far more than former Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner’s administration projected late last year.

That’s the conclusion of a report issued by the administration of  newly-elected Democratic Gov. J.B. Pritzker, who used the findings to continue chastising the man Pritzker defeated in the November 2018 election.

The 12-page document, entitled “Digging Out: The Rauner Wreckage Report,” was issued by Deputy Gov. Dan Hynes, a former state comptroller who oversees budget and economic issues for the Pritzker administration.

It lays the blame for most of the state’s fiscal mess on the two-year budget impasse from 2015 to 2017 that resulted in a series of credit downgrades for the state.

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