Rick Winkel served in the legislature from 1995 to 2003. Now he is Director of the Office of Public Leadership at the University of Illinois' Institute of Government and Public Affairs.
He wrote a recent op-ed that criticizes how budgeting is done. He said more transparency is needed, including data that is easier for people outside of government to understand.
"When that data is available and provided openly, understandably so it's concise and legible and put in a format that's consistent," he said. "Opening up the process before decisions are made and afterward."