'Man Made' Crisis Leaves Illinois 'Particularly Vulnerable'

Feb 14, 2017

Gov. Bruce Rauner will make his annual budget address to the Illinois General Assembly this Wednesday. It comes as state government has gone more than 19 months without a real budget.

That’s led the financial experts at credit rating agencies to issue a series of downgrades and dire assessments. The latest is called "For Illinois, Having a Plan Beats No Plan." It comes from S&P Global Ratings, where Gabriel Petek analyzes state governments.

He spoke about Illinois' fiscal morass with our Statehouse reporter, Brian Mackey.

Brian Mackey covers state government for NPR Illinois. You can follow his reporting on Twitter and Facebook. A version of this interview was first broadcast on Illinois Edition on February 13, 2017.