Try balancing state budget on website

SPRINGFIELD (AP) – Tired of paying more state taxes and hearing only about overdue bills and a pension crisis?

Now you can do more than cry, “Throw the bums out!”

Two Chicago think tanks and Crain’s Chicago Business have developed an interactive online “Illinois Budget Calculator.” It puts the budget’s general fund – half of the state’s total spending – in your virtual hands.

The budgeting exercise lets anyone weigh priorities using real-world dollar amounts which match the current fiscal year’s budget and appropriations.

Go to http://www.chicagobusiness.com/section/budget-calculator to attempt to fix the state’s financial problems.