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Below is a list of press releases and statements from Illinois lawmakers in response to Gov. Pat Quinn's State of the State address.
Illinois Republican Party Chairman Pat Brady Response to State of State
CHICAGO – Illinois Republican Party Chairman Pat Brady released the following statement regarding the State of the State address in Springfield today:
"Congratulations to Illinois Democrats as Governor Quinn's State of the State officially kicks off the Democrats Gubernatorial Primary. Over the next several months of the legislative session, instead of sound public policy discussions and much needed legislation to reform our bankrupt state, we will likely see a game of political chess and posturing between the Chicago Democrat 'families' contesting who will take control of the state for the next four years.
"Unfortunately, because we have seen that Chicago Democrats put power and privilege ahead of sound public policy, the citizens of the state of Illinois continue to pay for the mess created by Chicago Democrats over the last 12 years. Unless we make a change in 2014, Illinois will continue on the path of fiscal ruin.
"Illinois Republicans are offering a bold agenda for fiscal reform and Gubernatorial candidates with the backbone to get it done. Illinois residents deserve better and Illinois Republicans are ready to lead."
Treasurer Dan Rutherford reacts to State of the State speech
"The governor and the General Assembly must keep pension reform as the top priority this session. The fact of the matter is that because of its finances, the state of the state is in need of repair. Illinois' credit rating is officially the lowest in the nation. We need strong leadership to get our state back in line. Illinois is a wonderful state with tremendous potential, but the state's pocketbook needs to get back in check."
-Illinois State Treasurer Dan Rutherford
Statement from Lt. Governor Sheila Simon on the State of the State address
SPRINGFIELD – February 6, 2013. Lt. Governor Sheila Simon today issued the following statement applauding Governor Pat Quinn for addressing key issues including pensions, ethics and firearms, in his 2013 State of the State address.
"The state of Illinois is at a critical juncture, and lawmakers will be asked to make many difficult decisions in the coming months. I applaud Governor Quinn for calling attention to the state's pension crisis and urging the General Assembly to work together on a solution. Reforming our state's pension systems will enable us to fund priorities like education, health care and social services.
"This spring the General Assembly will have the opportunity to improve the public's trust in government by passing new ethics measures. To help identify conflicts of interest, I have proposed a new financial disclosure form to show public servants' outside income and lobbyist relationships. I look forward to continuing to work with the Legislature to pass that bill and improve government transparency.
"I thank Governor Quinn for directing our attention to public safety, a matter that I am addressing through a Firearms Working Group. Today our diverse group of freshmen lawmakers held its first meeting with gun rights and anti-violence advocates. We will work to understand all perspectives on gun issues and help establish a common sense concealed carry law in Illinois to keep our communities safe."
Senator Kirk Issues Statement on Governor Quinn's State of the State Address
WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) today issued the following statement in response to Governor Pat Quinn's State of the State Address:
"As the economic crossroads of America, Illinois should be the best place in the nation to locate and grow a business. While we may differ on many issues, Gov. Quinn and I agree that our brightest days are ahead of us. To build a better future for Illinois families, our state leaders should be focused on solving our fiscal crisis, including unfunded pension liabilities, and not the next election. We have an incredible opportunity to right our fiscal ship and prove Illinois is without a doubt the best place in the nation to locate a business."
Press Release: TOPINKA: FISCAL CLOUD HOVERS OVER STATE
SPRINGFIELD - Illinois Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka on Wednesday released the following statement in response to Gov. Pat Quinn's State of the State address:
"Gov. Quinn is a good-hearted man and I appreciate his efforts in delivering today's State of the State address. The fact is that despite our many challenges, there are good things happening in Illinois and many reasons to be proud to call this state our home.
"Unfortunately, our continued financial predicament overshadows these accomplishments. Today my office has more than 161,980 unpaid bills totaling more than $6.5 billion - and the state's total bill backlog reaches $9 billion. Our unfunded pension liability is $97 billion, and growing by $17 million each day. And the nation's bond rating agencies have downgraded Illinois 12 times in the last four years - giving us the worst credit in the nation and costing taxpayers more whenever the state borrows.
"This fiscal calamity hovers like a storm cloud over the state of Illinois. It will not lift until we take long-overdue steps to balance our books in the long run. We cannot afford tangents or distractions - we have to address our finances, and time is of the essence."