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With Anger Rising over the State's Fiscal Crisis, AARP Illinois Urges Voters to Take Action at the Polls


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ACCORDING TO THE LATEST SURVEY FROM "A-A-R-P ILLINOIS", THREE-IN-FOUR VOTERS BELIEVE THAT THIS YEAR'S BUDGET-DEAL WON'T ADDRESS THE STATE'S FISCAL-CRISIS.  AND, AS "ELECTION DAY" NEARS, THE ORGANIZATION'S RYAN GRUENENFELDER URGES VOTERS TO TAKE ACTION, AT THE POLLS...

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THE CURRENT BUDGET HASN'T PAID THE STATE'S UNPAID BILLS; DOES LITTLE TO ADDRESS THE STAGGERING LONG-TERM DEBT; AND DOESN'T EVEN BALANCE INCOME AND SPENDING, AS IT'S CONSTITUTIONALLY REQUIRED TO DO.  NO WONDER [THAT] TWO-THIRDS OF THE VOTERS IN OUR SURVEY ARE EITHER 'ANGRY' OR 'EXTREMELY ANGRY' ABOUT THE CRISIS--OR THAT ALMOST HALF OF THEM HAVE CONSIDERED FLEEING THE STATE.  ILLINOIS IS STILL AT RISK OF BECOMING AMERICA'S FIRST 'FAILED STATE'--AND NO STATE CAN ACHIEVE LONG-TERM PROSPERITY AND STABILITY, IF ITS CITIZENS LOSE CONFIDENCE IN ITS FUTURE.  ALL CANDIDATES SHOULD MAKE CLEAR EXACTLY HOW THEY'D COMPREHENSIVELY RESOLVE THE CRISIS--OVER THE LONG TERM--IN ORDER TO FIX ILLINOIS' FISCAL-HEALTH.  BUT, ILLINOISANS MUST ALSO SUMMON PATIENCE--AS REAL STABILITY REQUIRES MANY LONG-TERM SOLUTIONS, INSTEAD OF A SINGLE 'MAGIC BULLET'.  INDEED, MOST OF OUR RESPONDENTS BELIEVE THAT THE STATE NEEDS BOTH MORE REVENUE AND REDUCTIONS IN SPENDING.  STILL, THE ESSENTIAL INGREDIENT IS LEADERSHIP--AND IT'S TIME FOR THOSE WHO ASK US TO TRUST THEM WITH GREAT POWER TO PROVE THAT THEY'RE WORTHY OF IT."

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TO LEARN MORE, VISIT "ENOUGH-IS-ENOUGH"-DOT-"A-A-R-P"-DOT-ORG.



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