The Associated Press September 13, 2010, 1:50PM ET

Ill. gov hopeful offers few specifics on budget

Independent candidate for governor Scott Lee Cohen admits he doesn't have many answers for digging Illinois out of a $13 billion budget hole.

In an interview Monday with The Associated Press, Cohen said Illinois should eliminate unneeded social programs, but he couldn't name any. He said the state should do away with special funds but couldn't provide any examples.

Cohen says he's honest enough with voters to admit he'll need expert help if elected.

Cohen did offer some examples of where he to cut waste.

He said the state should get rid of airplanes and helicopters and it should crack down on personal use of official cars.

He pledges not to raise income or sales taxes.

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