SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- It's been a year and a day since Darin LaHood was sworn in as senator for the 37th District of Illinois.
This week, LaHood reflected on the biggest problems facing the state.
When LaHood was sworn in to replace the retiring Dale Reisinger, he said he planned to watch and learn, but he also said that the state's finances --in particular, pension reform -- was a big issue with him.
It still is.
LaHood said Illinois Government is running in place with $8 billion in new tax dollars, just keeping up with expenses.
"And not one nickel of that eight billion has gone to deficit reduction, to pay unpaid bills. It's gone to making pension payments and paying for Medicaid and so, you know, when you think about that, we have to change those two things and how we do that," said LaHood. "If we do that, I think we can put the state on the path of fiscal solvency."
And Senator LaHood said that pension reform has to be be "fair and equitable" and has to be done.