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Illinois Should Learn from Greece's Economic Collapse, Says Kirk




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    In a speech to members of suburban Chambers of Commerce today, Congressman Mark Kirk warned that Illinois is rapidly falling into the same financial situation as Greece.

    "What do Europeans fear," Kirk asked the room. "Spending is not the way to go."

    In several media appearances and press releases, Kirk has made a point of mentioning Greece as a poor fiscal example. While sound criticism, the Kirk camp surely enjoys the convenient fact that Kirk's competitor, Alexi Giannoulias, is of Greek descent.

    Speaking with the aid of a slideshow, Kirk said "It appears fiscal conservatives have gained ground."

    And: "[Illinois] has joined the ranks of the biggest spenders ... 35 percent increase in four years." Illinois is 50th out of 50 states in financial management, he reminded the audience.