Upside down operating budget. $100 billion pension liability. And now: $31 billion behind on infrastructure.

The University of Illinois Institute of Government and Public Affairs' Fiscal Futures Project reports you can count three major financial problems in state government.

Perhaps once the budget mess is cleaned up, Gov. Bruce Rauner and the legislature can start talking about building roads, bridges, and public buildings and utilities. Two of the past three governors engineered big plans allowing themselves and lawmakers to cut ribbons all over the state.

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“It brings Republicans and Democrats together. That's not necessarily the case on the operations side,” says Martin Luby, the study's author. “You would think that maybe this could be used to help with some of the dysfunction that's happening.”

Luby is an associate professor who teaches in the School of Public Service at DePaul University and is also a visiting scholar at IGPA.