A former area lawmaker said there are ways that the Illinois General Assembly can do a better job of making decisions when putting together a state budget.
The comments come from Rick Winkel, who's the Director of the Office of Public Leadership at the University of Illinois' Institute of Government and Public Affairs. Winkel was also a member of the state legislature from 1995 to 2007.
Illinois lawmakers have a little more than three weeks left to get a budget passed by both the House of Representatives and the Senate.
Winkel said balancing the state budget will not be easy.