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Survey: Illinois Voters 'Angry' About State's Fiscal Problems, Mismanagement

AARP Illinois conducted a statewide survey which showed Illinois registered voters are "angry" about the state's fiscal issues.
Daisy Contreras
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NPR Illinois
AARP Illinois conducted a statewide survey which showed Illinois registered voters are "angry" about the state's fiscal issues.

The Illinois Capitol breathed a sigh of relief this summer when Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner and the Democratic-controlled legislature agreed on a state budget. But most Illinois voters say they’re not sure the deal will solve the state’s $1.2 billion deficit and other fiscal woes. That’s according to a new survey of registered voters conducted by AARP Illinois.

When asked about how angry they felt about the state's fiscal issues, two-thirds of voters ranked their anger at 4 or 5 -- with a 5 rating representing "extremely angry". The July study took responses from 1, 202 registered voters 25 and older.

Joe Woodward, an AARP volunteer from Springfield, said the survey results show the unsatisfaction in government, despite voter age. "[Voters] realize their taxes have already risen and know more is coming unless politicians put their constituents first and make the difficult political decisions needed to put Illinois on a path to restored fiscal health," he said.

Forty-nine percent of respondents say they've considered leaving the state, while 73 percent say they've heard someone they know talk about leaving, the poll showed. The top three reasons cited for leaving the state were high taxes, government mismanagement and the high cost of living, Woodward said. 

Six in 10 of those surveyed say they support a graduated income tax as a way to solve Illinois' fiscal problems. Democratic gubernatorial candidate J.B Pritzker has suggested just that. But he has refused to say what the new tax rates should be. Rauner, the Republican incumbent supports keeping Illinois’ current flat tax.

Editor's note: AARP Illinois is a sponsor of NPR Illinois and the station's Illinois Issues forums.

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Daisy reports on various assignments for NPR Illinois. She graduated from the Public Affairs Reporting master’s degree program at the University of Illinois Springfield, where she spent time covering the legislative session for NPR Illinois' Illinois Issues. Daisy interned then researched for the Chicago Reporter. She obtained an associate degree in French language from Harry S Truman College and a bachelor's degree in communications from the Illinois Institute of Technology. Before coming to Springfield, Daisy worked in communication roles for several Chicago non-profits. Daisy is from Chicago where she attended Lane Tech High School.
Daisy Contreras
Daisy reports on statehouse issues for our Illinois Issues project. She's currently a Public Affairs Reporting graduate program student at the University of Illinois Springfield. She graduated from the Illinois Institute of Technology with an associates degrees from Truman College. Daisy is from Chicago where she attended Lane Tech High School.