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Pritzker Tells Peoria County Democrats the State Budget Needs Revitalization

Tanya Koonce
Peoria Public Radio

Governor J.B. Pritzker delivers his first budget address Wednesday. It’s likely to be an ambitious budgetary road map. Pritzker says state’s budget has been ravaged.

“It was bad hearing about it from outside of [the] office. But you get in there and start digging through the numbers and talking to people in all the various state agencies about all of the people across the state of Illinois who aren’t getting services anymore because of what happened over the last number of years. I just want to say to you, what’s left behind is tough. It’s tough,” says Pritzker.

Pritzker says the state budget needs revitalization with a change in orientation. He says government should work for working families, people he says need it the most.

“We’ve had departments that don’t do the work that they’re supposed to do in state government. And, yeah, there’s a lot of policy that you can talk about, but if you’re not running the government well, if you’re not actually serving the people of the state of Illinois then we’re not doing it right. And, by the way, we’re wasting your money if we’re not doing it right," says Pritzker.

The governor delivered his remarks Monday night before a room of more than 500 people at the Peoria County Democrats’ 21st Annual Presidents’ Day dinner.

Peoria Public Radio will air the governor’s annual budget address live Wednesday at noon.