SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (KFVS) - Governor JB Pritzker delivered the State of the State address on Wednesday, January 29.
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:
Senator Paul Schimpf also issued a statement.
Senator Dale Fowler issued the following statement: