Former Governor unhappy with Springfield

By WEEK Producer

October 17, 2012 Updated Oct 18, 2012 at 9:08 AM CDT

PEORIA, Ill. -- Former Illinois Governor Jim Edgar was in Peoria Wednesday for a candidate endorsement event. He says he's not happy with how things are going in Springfield.

At the start of his term, Edgar inherited a multi-billion deficit.

As a Republican Governor, with both the house and senate controlled by democrats, he found grounds for compromise. on each side of the aisle by giving a little and taking responsibility.

However, Edgar calls his problems in Springfield "child's play" compared to the issues of today.

"Illinois is not held in high esteem throughout the nation," said Edgar. "And it is not because we are in a financial mess, which we are, it is because of the ethics. The lack of ethics that too many in public office have shown."

Former Governor Edgar says is hopeful state legislators and Governor Quinn can find a compromise on pension reform after the elections.

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