Illinois' financial problems are well known. But what can be done about them? A former lawmaker has a vision for improving the way Illinois does budgeting. Rick Winkel served for 8 years in the General Assembly. He's now with the Institute of Government and Public Affairs at the University of Illinois. So he's seen the process from different vantage points. He spoke with Illinois Public Radio's Sean Crawford:
Winkel wrote an op-ed piece about the need to change budgeting in state government. It's part of the Institute's Budget Policy Toolbox project.