Struggles and successes were themes in this year’s state of the state.
Governor Pat Quinn delivered the annual address stressing the importance of working together for the common good, especially when it comes to the 97 billion dollar pension problem.
“This is a choice about whether we’ll make the tough decisions necessary to balance our budget by reforming our public pension systems,” says Quinn. “We have a tall task ahead of us. This is no small issue. And, doing what’s hard isn’t always what’s popular at the moment.”
He touted accomplishments from across the state like the overhaul of Medicare that kept it from the brink of collapse and infrastructure projects that have created thousands of jobs.
Quinn made several recommendations including raising Illinois’ minimum wage to ten dollars and hour, banning assault weapons along with high capacity clips, and passing a law that would allow same sex marriage.
Quinn is facing a critical time in gaining public support. A recent poll listed him at the least popular governor in the United States.
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