Peoria Journal Star

Editorial: Laughingstock state

Tuesday, July 02, 2013

Only in Illinois could you end the fiscal year with $6.1 billion in red ink and have it be considered good news.
On Monday Illinois Comptroller Judy Barr Topinka said that a $1.3 billion unanticipated windfall in April allowed the Deadbeat State to pay down some of its bills — which at times have flirted with 11 figures — but that it will be a mighty short reprieve, returning to $9 billion by December.
The great danger, of course, is that some legislators will read that the state’s budget situation was marginally better for a few months and conclude that some of the painful reforms they’ve been debating are no longer necessary. Not that the Illinois species of legislator needs much excuse to do nothing when action is required.