There’s always talk about making business practices a bigger part of government, especially in a tight gubernatorial race with a successful businessman going up against an incumbent he’s labeling a “career politician”. One of these practices that governments often tap is privatization-outsourcing services and management to companies and taking that burden off government officials. Other states have made this move with prisons, but there’s a law on the books here in Illinois that prevents that from happening. But, that doesn’t mean that services aren’t farmed out. And, that’s not always bad. As part of our Hey Guv! series, John Maki from the John Howard Association of Illinois explains why it’s not an easy yes or no when talking privatization.
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