Former Illinois Governor Jim Edgar says it's going to take a long time for the state to get out of its fiscal mess.
Edgar said the legislature and governors of both parties for years spent more money than the state was bringing in and took too long to address the growing deficit, which Edgar said was made worse by the recession.
He said several different changes will have to be made to get Illinois back in strong financial shape.
- Hear from Jim Edgar on the state's financial problems.
Edgar also said it will be difficult to accomplish long term pension reform during this week's special session.
Governor Pat Quinn has called lawmakers back to Springfield on Friday to deal with the pension crisis. The House was already scheduled to meet that same day to vote on the expulsion of Representative Derrick Smith.
Edgar said it doesn't appear that Quinn has had much dialogue with legislative leaders on a solution prior to the special session. He said he will be surprised if a solution is reached.
- Hear from Jim Edgar on the state's pension problem.
Edgar made the comments on Tuesday on the NewsTalk 1400 WDWS Morning Show. You can hear the full interview with Jim Edgar here