Reaction to Quinn's speech
Suburban lawmakers flooded us with thoughts on Gov. Pat Quinn's State of the State speech today, so we'll give you a taste of some of their statements here.
Sen. Linda Holmes, Aurora Democrat: “It is absolutely imperative that we get our fiscal house in order. By addressing our spending and developing a consensus solution to our pension crisis, we can bring financial solvency to Illinois.”
Rep. Tom Morrison, Palatine Republican: “I’ve heard this speech before. I applaud him for mentioning pension reform and the state’s dire fiscal crisis. But as Governor, he must now demonstrate leadership and work with his own party to actually enact true fiscal reforms.”
Rep. Deborah Conroy, Elmhurst Democrat: "While I am encouraged by the governor’s sense of urgency in addressing the state’s problems, I was disappointed that his address lacked a clear path towards solutions and specific details on spending cuts that would adequately address the serious fiscal challenges we face."
Sen. Dan Duffy, Lake Barrington Republican: “Ultimately the State of the State is just rhetoric, lovely plans without means of execution. When the Governor delivers the Budget Address next month he will have to get down to the nuts-and-bolts of how he plans to make these ideas a reality.”
Rep. Marty Moylan, Des Plaines Democrat: “Although it is my first term in office, I have already hit the ground running. From introducing legislation to repeal the tax increase, to working to protect the revenue generated from Rivers Casino, it’s imperative that we consider every measure to restore stability to Illinois’ economy."
Rep. Ron Sandack, Downers Grove Republican: “I am extremely disappointed that the Governor neglected to meaningfully address the state fiscal issues in any depth today during his state of the state address. He did not provide enough Pension solutions. He did not provide enough fiscal solutions. He did not provide a common sense approach to our real state of the State, which is abysmal."
Sen. Melinda Bush, Grayslake Democrat: “The thing I was most pleased with the governor for addressing is that we have to fix this pension crisis. If we don’t fix it, we can’t fund education; we can’t fund road projects and do all of the things that are important to move our economy forward."
Sen. Don Harmon, Oak Park Democrat: “Illinois government is still in the middle of a fiscal crisis, but we can’t allow our financial problems to prevent us from investing in our children’s futures. I was pleased to hear the governor renew his commitment to putting our fiscal house in order and prioritizing early childhood education.”
Sen. Dan Kotowski, Park Ridge Democrat: “I appreciate the Governor’s continued commitment to fix our state’s financial challenges. I will do what is necessary on behalf of the people I represent to follow the same course requiring our state to live within its means, fund what works, and to get rid of what doesn’t.”
Sen. Terry Link, Waukegan Democrat: “I was disappointed the governor did not talk about gaming. His budget is going to need revenue, and gaming is an area where we are nearly in agreement on a means of providing him with additional revenue.”
Sen. Michael Noland, Elgin Democrat: “I support the governor; he inherited a mess that he did not create. Governor Quinn has done the best any governor could do under the circumstances. It is up to us to come up with meaningful legislation to send to him.”
U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk, Highland Park Republican: "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."