Volcker Alliance What Can Illinois Do Better With Budgeting? By Sean Crawford • Sep 13, 2018 NPR illinois Illinois government has some deep fiscal problems. A backlog of unpaid bills, pension debt and a growing list of infrastructure needs. The problems can be overwhelming, but there are some best practices that can be taken to improve the situation. National Study Hammers Illinois Budget Practices By Sean Crawford • Jan 22, 2018 Matt Turner / Flickr A national study of state government budgeting gives Illinois low marks.