News

Survey: Illinoisans Ignorant of State’s Problems

Survey: Illinoisans Ignorant of State’s Problems

Photo: Newsradio WTAX

The state’s financial condition is more dire than the public can grasp, according to five years’ worth of public opinion research.

Political science professors John S. Jackson and Charles W. Leonard at Southern Illinois University conduct a survey every year, and the results are the same every time: People don’t like taxes – only 9.7 percent this year say more revenue alone is the way to deal with the state’s deficit – but they don’t want to cut spending on elementary and secondary schools (78 percent oppose cuts), universities (56 percent oppose cuts) roads, public safety (56 percent oppose cuts), natural resources (61 percent oppose cuts ) or even help for the poor (64 percent oppose cuts).

The public believe cutting waste is the answer – 52.3 percent believe it is the answer, but the trouble is defining waste.

“At my end of the state, the question of closing the Tamms Prison, for example, has been extraordinarily conflict-ridden. Was that waste, having that prison there? Most people down here don’t think so,” Jackson said.

Jackson says the public is misled by campaign rhetoric which promises simple solutions, though the surveys show some movement toward an understanding of the state’s problems.

The findings are contained in The Simon Review: The Climate of Opinion in Illinois 2010-2014.

Recent Headlines

in Local

DeWitt Co. Settlement OK’d in Dispute to Put Toxic Waste Over Aquifer

water

DeWitt county has approved a settlement with a landfill company.

in Local

Kankakee Co. Sheriff Describes Security Lapses that led to Inmate Escape

inmate_exiting_kamron_taylor

Sheriff Tim Bukowski says investigators found no inmate count had been done.

in Local

House Approves Springfield High Speed Rail Oversight Act

high speed rail

An attempt to make sure fair hiring practices are implemented on Springfield's high speed rail 10th street consolidation project is moving forward.

in Local

Rauner Admin. Plans $106 Million in Medicaid Cuts

medicaid

Cuts to Medicaid will make up about one-third of the $300 million in spending reductions by Gov. Bruce Rauner's office

in Local

Butler: Future of $26M in Social Service Funding Unknown

Budget Cuts

State Representative Tim Butler says who knows if that $26 million Governor Bruce Rauner is holding from a number of state social service programs will be restored or not.