Candidate for Lieutenant Governor Comments on Illinois Budget

By WEEK Producer

July 13, 2010 Updated Jul 13, 2010 at 2:19 PM CDT

One of the candidates running for Quinn's former job as Lieutenant Governor says eliminating that office may be a way to save the state money.

Republican Matt Murphy, a current State Senator from Palatine, says if elected, he'd do an audit of the Lieutenant Governor's office and potentially support a constitutional amendment to do away with the post.

But that couldn't happen until at least 2015. In the meantime, Murphy says the best way to get Illinois out of its budget mess is to reign in spending and not raise taxes.

Murphy, who just added the Peoria Journal Star to his list of endorsements, was in East Peoria Thursday for a forum on health care.

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