Former lawmaker, IGPA staffer weighs in on state financial woes

Former lawmaker, IGPA staffer weighs in on state financial woes

An Illinois political expert said the state will have to make cuts to some of its biggest spending areas in order to dig itself out of its financial hole.

That's according to former state lawmaker and Institute of Government and Public Affairs staffer Jim Nowlan.  He said the state spends a great deal of money on pensions, health care and human services and says cuts elsewhere won't make a big enough difference.

Nowlan predicted that if Governor Pat Quinn is re-elected next year, the state income tax hike will be extended.  But if a Republican is elected Governor, Nowlan said the fate of that tax hike will be up in the air.

Nowlan made the comments Thursday on A Penny For Your Thoughts on WDWS.

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