The Pat Quinn re-election campaign is fighting back against what it calls a “prank” by Republican governor candidate Bruce Rauner. Lieutenant governor candidate Paul Vallas, speaking at a news conference Friday in Chicago, said three-quarters of the $1 billion in cuts Rauner proposed cuts on Thursday are from unspecified reforms to Medicaid and the office of Central Management Services, the other items may or may not produce the savings claimed, and says Rauner hasn’t unveiled any serious budget proposals.
“The state has real challenges requiring real leadership – requiring the leadership of individuals who first of all understand state government, leadership from individuals who are willing to lay their cards on the table before the election, detail where they are, detail what their solutions to the state problems are gonna be, and then the willingness to act on them,” Vallas said.
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Vallas notes that Quinn was able to sign a pension restructuring law that might save $140 billion over 30 years, and has saved hundreds of millions more through efficiency and closing state facilities.
The Quinn campaign produced a tally today claiming $5.7 billion in spending cuts the state has made since Quinn took office in 2009.