Rauner calls state’s financial condition ‘dire’

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Governor-Elect Bruce Rauner is decrying the state of the state’s finances.  He says straightening out the books in Illinois is job one.

“The financial condition of the state of Illinois is stunningly bad.  It’s horrible,” Rauner told reporters in Springfield today.  “Our financial condition is dire.  We need to take strong action to fix it.”

Rauner told reporters the same thing he has been telling members of the General Assembly — that he and his team want to understand every penny of the state’s financial situation, and that they are going over the books right now in forensic detail to do just that.

He says he will be ready to present a new state budget in February.

Rauner is asking the Quinn administration to implement a freeze on hiring, appointments and job re-classifications during the transition.

He is asking lawmakers to take no action on major legislation, such as raising the minimum wage, until he and the new General Assembly are sworn in, in the new year.

Rauner will be making the rounds at the Capitol today and tomorrow.  He has vowed to develop strong relationships with lawmakers from both parties.

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