In his State of the State address February 1, Governor Pat Quinn painted a rosy picture of state finances, while glossing over projections that the state is on track to face deficits exceeding the state’s entire annual General Funds budget.

The Governor’s address followed on the heels of a Civic Federation study released during the week outlining a bleak financial future for Illinois. The Civic Federation study—and others like it in recent weeks—show that Illinois must take decisive steps to rein in spending, or the state will face multi-billion dollar deficits before the end of the decade.

And even as state budget projections show that in Fiscal Year 2017, the state’s Medicaid backlog could reach $21 billion, the Quinn Administration is actively pursuing an expansion of Medicaid in Cook County.

Despite the state’s well-documented budget woes, Quinn proposed a number of costly “incentive” programs during his State of the State address, yet provided no insight into how the proposals would be funded. The new spending and tax breaks advocated by the Governor are estimated to total more than $500 million." />

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