Illinois Forward believes a fiscally sound state government is a prerequisite for a thriving economy.  We define fiscally sound as including:

  • A balanced state’s budget, eliminating the bill backlog, and building up the Budget Stabilization Fund balance;
  •  “Hold harmless” pension reform to help eliminate the state's unfunded pension liability and to secure the retirements of pensioners.
  • Lowering administration costs of our 850+ school districts by responsibly prioritizing the classroom.
  • Spending caps that link expenditure growth to the growth of the economy.
  • Bringing government worker benefit costs in line with the private sector and supporting policy and legislation consistent with this definition.