Ill. Governor Pritzker delivers State of the State address

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (KFVS) - Governor JB Pritzker delivered the State of the State address on Wednesday, January 29.

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He talked about passing the budget, launching a capital plan to transform infrastructure throughout the state and invested in education.

“We have to work together to confront a scourge that has been plaguing our political system for far too long,” said Gov. JB Pritzker. “We must root out the purveyors of greed and corruption — in both parties — whose presence infects the bloodstream of government. It’s no longer enough to sit idle while under-the-table deals, extortion, or bribery persist. Protecting that culture or tolerating it is no longer acceptable. We must take urgent action to restore the public’s trust in our government. That’s why we need to pass real, lasting ethics reform this legislative session.”

The governor also outlined an agenda that prioritizes fiscal stability while rebuilding a hollowed-out state government to provide key services.

“Bit by bit, inch by inch, I am working hard to reverse the harm that has been done to people and communities that have been left behind over many generations by government policies and elected officials who were content to simply ignore them,” said Gov. JB Pritzker. “I remind myself every day that I have obligations not just to the current people of Illinois, but to the many people who preceded us who were discriminated against, harmed, treated as lesser, and forgotten – lasting damage that echoes through too many communities today. We are obligated to make our future more equitable and fair.”

The address was held in Springfield, Illinois at the Illinois State Capitol.

Speaker Michael J. Madigan released the following statement following the address:

“I want to thank Governor Pritzker for offering a straightforward assessment of the state of our state. For the first time in a long time, we come into a legislative session with the opportunity to build on success. Last spring, we worked across the aisle to balance the budget; we enacted reforms backed by the state’s leading business groups that will help small and medium-sized employers grow; we created innovative new job training programs; we fought to rein in the cost of health care and prescription drugs; we took critical steps toward property tax relief; and we began the process of replacing Illinois’ unfair tax system with one that provides relief for the middle class while making millionaires and billionaires pay their fair share.
Speaker Michael J. Madigan

Senator Paul Schimpf also issued a statement.

“While I commend the Governor’s positive attitude and calls to find common ground, his speech ignored the looming financial catastrophe our state faces if we cannot curtail our insatiable appetite for expansive government and higher taxes. During this period of national economic growth, we should be getting our financial house in order, paying down our bill backlog, and attaining pension solvency.
Senator Paul Schimpf

Senator Dale Fowler issued the following statement:

“While I can commend the Administration for recognizing the accomplishments achieved through bipartisan compromise in the 2019 spring legislature, there are still fundamental issues that need to be addressed in the General Assembly. We’ve had three Illinois Democrats in the state legislature indicted on charges of corruption, creating a serious lack of trust in the integrity of lawmakers. Compounding the question of integrity is the state’s current system of drawing maps for legislative boundaries, which has historically been geared toward protecting current officeholders and favoring the majority party,” said Senator Fowler. “Meanwhile, taxpayers are facing a crushing property tax burden, businesses are still reeling from the consequences of a costly minimum wage increase and Illinois continues to lose residents to bordering states. These are critical issues that have to be addressed in order to restore faith in the system of governance, provide relief to our taxpayers and ensure that the people have a voice in state government that is heard, protected and enforced.”
Senator Dale Fowler

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