An open records request to the governor's office revealed the only new cost for the entire website was a $23 purchase to reserve domain names at GoDaddy.com.
Gov. Pat Quinn's office says the website was produced in-house and a staffer came up with the concept of Squeezy.
While the $23 figure does not include any staff time, video production or paid actors, it's clear that this was a low-budget production. And Quinn definitely got what he paid for.
Even though Quinn's failed mascot did not cost taxpayers much, his inability to lead on pension reform is costing taxpayers $21 million per day — not to mention his failure to reform retiree health benefits, which costs $1.2 million per day.
With a $9.4 billion stack of unpaid bills and another credit downgrade less than six months away, Quinn's office should step away from their box of crayons and get to work.
Matt Paprocki is Senior Director of Government Affairs for the Illinois Policy Institute