Deborah Wilber | Better Government Association

Better Government Association
In the past, Pritzker’s statements about Illinois’ supremacy in Census spending have at times been less ambiguous. In a Dec. 4 statement, he left little doubt he thought Illinois ranked No. 1 — a claim that has never been true.
Asked repeatedly to provide records, studies or any other support to back up the claim, Sen. Dick Durbin’s staff did not respond.
“It’s not even breaking even on its annual expenses and its annual income,” said G. William Hoagland, a senior vice president at the Bipartisan Policy Center and former Republican staff director for the Senate Budget Committee. “I don’t know how anybody could say they have a surplus.”