Illinois Comptroller Dan Hynes in a speech last week indicated that a lack of political leadership and Gov. Rod Blagojevich’s management style, not the state’s fiscal profile, were to blame for the state’s budget mess.

“Our problem isn’t really a financial deficit. It’s a leadership deficit, and that’s what must change,” Hynes said in an address sponsored by the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute at Southern Illinois University, the Center for Tax and Budget Accountability, and the Donors Forum. “Leadership starts at the top. The governor should be bringing people together to solve the challenges we face. Instead, he continues to pull people apart.”

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