Illinois looks to Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker for reforms

     Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker’s willingness to address his state’s problems head-on is not only drawing the attention of education reformers, it’s attracting leaders from other states struggling with many of the same problems he inherited as Wisconsin’s 45th governor.
     The Illinois Chamber of Commerce invited Walker to speak at its annual Springfield lobby day in an effort to push state lawmakers to address Illinois’ $85 billion pension problem. 
     “We did pick him in part because he was controversial,” Chamber president Doug Whitley told The State Journal-Register. “When he was elected governor, he inherited a multibillion-dollar budget problem, and he fixed it. (Illinois) Governor (Pat) Quinn inherited a multibillion-dollar problem, and we’ve still got it.
     “The message we’re trying to get across is that Illinois elected officials need to be open-minded about the best practices that have been pursued in other states,” he said.

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