Rewriting Illinois’ crisis: Deputy Gov. Hynes forgets his own words

By Ted Dabrowski and John Klingner:

It’s usually good to follow the rule “don’t shoot the messenger.” This time, however, the messenger should catch a lot of grief.

The messenger in question is Deputy Gov. Dan Hynes and the boss he’s working for is Gov. J.B. Pritzker.

Hynes just authored a new report in preparation for Pritzker’s upcoming budget address. He says Rauner drove the state “into a ditch.” He blames Rauner for just about everything that’s wrong with Illinois, from unpaid bills to budget deficits to struggling social services. From the report, you would think Illinois’ troubles didn’t start until Rauner took office.

There’s one big problem, though. Hynes himself declared that Illinois was already in crisis a decade ago.

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