Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner introduced his plan for the state's Fiscal Year 2016 budget during an address in front of the General Assembly Feb. 18. Rauner outlined a plan that his administration says would eliminate a $6.2 billion budget deficit.
Rauner offered an outline of his plan.
- Eliminates $6.2-billion structural deficit.
(See the outline broken down more specifically at Reboot Illinois, including sections on criminal justice, the Department of Children and Family Services and Medicaid, among others.)
In Rauner's speech, which lasted about 30 minutes, the governor explained why he thinks it is necessary to make changes to the budget through spending cuts, criticizing the the years of "irresponsible" and "reckless" spending and budgeting he says characterized the state's financial management under his predecessors.
(Read the whole speech and watch video clips at Reboot Illinois.)