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Poll shows Illinois not on the right track

A majority of Illinois voters do not believe that Illinois is headed in the right direction.  That's according to a new poll, from the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute.

One thousand voters were asked if they believe Illinois is on the "right track." 84% of them answered "no."  It comes as Illinois is in the midst of a historic budget impasse.  That may have affected voters' opinion of Gov. Bruce Rauner.

Half of those polled say the Republican is not doing a good job; 41% approve of Rauner's leadership.  Both his approval, and disapproval ratings, are up from last year.

However only 32% of respondents say they've been directly impacted by the budget impasse, either by losing a job, or by feeling the impact of social service cuts or cuts to higher education.

Amanda Vinicky moved to Chicago Tonight on WTTW-TV PBS in 2017.