Richard Ogilvie transformed Illinois. Rauner and Pritzker could learn from his legacy.

Fifty years ago, Richard B. Ogilvie was elected governor of Illinois.

He faced a colossal financial crisis, just as we do today, so it is worth reviewing what he did to turn Illinois around. By enacting the state’s first income tax, he put the government on a sound financial footing. He also instituted important management reforms.

Though he did not win re-election, legendary newspaper columnist Mike Royko wrote, “Ogilvie built one of the nation’s finest state governments; he was the best man in Illinois government, maybe the best governor in the country.”

Ogilvie preferred executive management over electoral politics. His face creased by shrapnel that hit his tank in World War II, he couldn’t smile easily on the campaign trail, and he did not enjoy glad-handing.

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October 18, 2018 at 04:03PM

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