Former Governor Says Budget Stalemate is Causing Long-term Damage to State

Dec 12, 2016

Former Illinois Governor Jim Edgar
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Illinois' economy will suffer for years because of the ongoing budget stalemate.  That's according to a man who was once responsible for leading Illinois, former Governor Jim Edgar.

"The damage is… the worst damage I've seen. I mean even the bad years of Blagojevich and the image he gave of Illinois, I don't think has done anything as much damage as we've seen."

Edgar, a Republican, made the statement on the Illinois Public Media show "The 21st."  He says there are huge, long-term consequences of students choosing to attend out-of-state universities. And Illinois businesses are threatened by the government instability.