Ted was on Chicago Tonight this week to discuss Pritzker’s warning that the state will lay off “thousands” of state workers and slashing services if no more federal aid arrives.
Ted said the crisis may finally force the state government to address financial problems that have been decades in the making.
“In 2010, we had the worst credit rating in the country already. During Gov. Quinn’s time we had $9.5 billion in unpaid bills. We had massive troubles before Gov. Pritzker got here. Unfortunately, he’s inherited that plus COVID.”
“Other states were prepared for a rainy day and we weren’t. He has to look at payroll because that’s the biggest part of the expense. The bottom line is that with unemployment so high, with the economy struggling, he’s got to make government more efficient and less costly for the taxpayers.”