CHICAGO — Warning lawmakers that their toughest task ahead is overhauling Medicaid and pensions, Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn unveiled a $33.9 billion fiscal 2013 general fund budget that holds spending in check through layoffs and state facility closures while leaving billions in unpaid bills.
“Today a rendezvous with reality has arrived. We must navigate our budget out of the past decades of poor fiscal management. … We must achieve fundamental and lasting budget reform and we must do it now,” Quinn told lawmakers Wednesday.