Gov. Quinn signs budget that cuts school funding - DailyHerald.com Both faced HUGE deficits and the Democrats fought fixing it. Gov Walker of WI balanced the budget without firing any teachers, closing any schools or cutting programs. In fact by his making teacher pay some for their health insurance and pensions, he balanced the budget, hired teachers (one of the few in the country), added school programs, got schools hopelessly in the red to firmly in the black and he did this all without raising property, income, sales or corporate taxes. Goto Quin. IL has a deficit that isn't fixed and is in fact growing, despite Quin raising income taxes (to a top five highest on the middle class in the country), corporate taxes (top 3), property (top 5) and sales (#1 in Cook county). IL raised all this and saw an even larger deficit. Chicago schools rank near the bottom in the country inb education, yet they haver a HUGE budget! However, 65% of it goes to retired teachers pension payments. Instead of tackling the pension problem,he cuts $500 mil in school programs. What they need to do is CUT OUT ALTOGETHER the highway robbery pension plans and make teachers pay the same amount for their healthcare that the private sector does. Then take the 65% that gets WASTED on bullshit the private sector doesn't get and use it to (1) Reduce teacher to student rations, (2) School programs and (3) Security!!!! But I digress. I rather hav e Gov Walker running the state!