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Past Due: Has Illinois Ever Had A Balanced Budget?

File photo of Illinois House, 2014
File photo of Illinois House, 2014

Illinois has a constitutional requirement that its budget must be balanced — spending has to equal revenues every year. But is the Illinois budget ever really balanced?

Brian Mackey put that question to two people who closely follow Illinois' finances: Charlie Wheeler, director of the Public Affairs Reporting at the University of Illinois Springfield, and Jamey Dunn, editor of Illinois Issues.

Brian Mackey talks to Charlie Wheeler and Jamey Dunn about whether Illinois' budget has ever really been balanced.


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