Putting Illinois on the Path to Fiscal Health

Before JB became governor, a dysfunctional governor couldn’t even pass a budget for over two years — that meant services were cut, schools suffered, our credit rating was slashed, and families throughout the state paid the price for a governor who didn’t get the job done. Under JB’s leadership, Illinois is getting back on the right track, stabilizing our state’s finances and putting us on the path to fiscal success. 

  • Passed a balanced budget that begins to pay down debts from the prior administration
  • Eliminated the state’s $17 billion bill backlog so Illinois is paying its bills on time and saving taxpayers money
  • Stabilized state finances, leading all three rating agencies to improve the state’s credit rating
  • Spearheaded the effort to improve transparency and accountability in government by mandating lobbying disclosures, and passing new ethics guidelines 
  • Passed a public safety pension consolidation bill to save taxpayers billions that previous administrations failed to achieve for decades 
  • Reduced state pension liabilities with an employee pension buyout program
  • Built the most diverse executive branch cabinet and governor’s office in state history, including hiring the first-ever Chief Diversity Officer to champion diversity, equity, and inclusion throughout state agencies
  • Passed balanced budgets and invested in key priorities like education, health care, and human services while paying down our debt
  • Closed $655 million per year in corporate loopholes
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