Gov. JB Pritzker delivers his first Budget Address in Springfield on Wednesday. [Lee Milner]

Gov. JB Pritzker received raucous applause during his inaugural address last month when he promised to do his part to fulfill the “most basic responsibilities” of state government — proposing, debating and passing a balanced budget.

“Balancing the budget means lowering the cost of government while delivering the high quality services Illinoisans deserve,” Pritzker said Jan. 14, moments after being sworn in.

The new governor got his chance to propose that balanced budget Wednesday when he addressed a joint session of the General Assembly and his administration released hundreds of pages of budget documents to the public. But whether Pritzker’s budget proposal is truly balanced is up for debate.

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