WASHINGTON, Ill. -- Spring is already proving to be a tough season for Illinois politics.
But as lawmakers scrimmage to put together a plan attempting to save our state's financial future, one influential political figure is offering some words of encouragement.
Thursday night, Congressman Paul Ryan spoke at Congressman Aaron Schock's fund-raising event in Washington, Illinois. Ryan was last year's Republican Vice Presidential nominee.
He says before running for V-P, he had to deal with similar economic issues in Wisconsin that Illinois is facing today.
Ryan says it's possible to clean up the mess through diligent leadership.
"We've more or less settled our problems in Wisconsin. The pension problems, we saw. Our economic problems, we saw. We saw our spending problems. We saw our jobs leaving Wisconsin, so we took it on," Ryan said.
Schock says it's that kind of authority and guidance that will move our country out of its own financial mess.
"When I came to Congress, Paul Ryan was someone who was often times a voice in the wild, who talked about our growing deficit problem," Schock said. "And who was willing to talk even within our own leadership sometimes when it wasn't a convenient conversation."
Schock says Paul Ryan has what it takes to hold the highest office in our land, the Presidency.
No word yet if Ryan will put his name in the hat for 2016.