Infographic: 2016 State of the state of Illinois

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January 25, 2016
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Update: Illinois Comptroller Leslie Munger on Feb. 2 issued a revised deficit projection of $6.2 billion for the end of fiscal year 2016.

Gov. Bruce Rauner on Wednesday delivers his second State of the State Address in the Illinois House chamber at the Capitol.

In his first address last year, the newly-inaugurated governor said correcting Illinois government’s fiscal troubles and driving down its persistently high, post-recession unemployment would require “shared sacrifice.” The speech was noteworthy for its audacity: Rauner called on Democrats to help him take on some of their closest allies — organized labor and trial lawyers — and to embrace concepts, like term limits, they’ve long opposed.

What kind of progress report can Rauner give this week when he returns to the podium? Here’s a quick look at the state of Illinois government, then and now.

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More background on the State of the State Address:

Related: So many bad choices on Illinois’ road to pension disaster
Sep 18, 2013

(Editor’s note: This article originally appeared Sept. 14, 2013, on mauldineconomics.com. It is reprinted here by permission of the author.) It is hard to imagine a more stupid or more…

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