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State of the State: What Does Illinois Need to Fix?

Gov. Pat Quinn give his fifth State of the State address on Wednesday afternoon. What do you think should be his top priorities over the next year? Tell us in the comments' section.

Written by Amie Schaenzer

Gov. Pat Quinn voiced his support for gay marriage in Illinois, a minimum wage hike and tougher gun laws during his State of the State speech Wednesday afternoon, according to the Chicago Tribune. 

The Associated Press has posted the full text from Quinn's State of the State speech. Here are some of the highlights:

Quinn also spent much of his speech touting his accomplishments during his term as governor, such as cuts to Medicaid and ethics laws that have been passed, according to Crain's Chicago. 

Quinn has said he will run for re-election in 2014. If he does, he is expected to have an opponent in the March 2014 Democratic primary. 

Quinn has gotten low approval ratings in recent months. A Democratic-leaning Public Policy Polling survey released at the end of November found Quinn to be the least popular governor in the United States with an approval rating of 25 percent.

State Rep. Tom Cross, R-Oswego, reacted to Quinn's speech on Wednesday, saying Illinois residents need to know the governor's plan for bolstering the state's economy.

“We know the fiscal crisis Illinois faces," Cross said in a statement. "Now we need to hear the Governor’s plan for growing our economy – so that individuals, innovators and entrepreneurs once again have the opportunity to succeed. We must pass a balanced budget and meaningful pension reform to begin repairing the damage done by recent credit downgrades and the mounting backlog of unpaid bills. More jobs and a stable economy are the only foundation upon which to build a robust, opportunity-filled future for every Illinois family.”

Tell Us: What are the top issues affecting Illinois today? What would you like to see fixed in the coming year? Do you think Quinn chose the right priorities to highlight during his State of the State speech? Do you think he should be re-elected in 2014? Get the conversation started by commenting below. 

Chris K February 07, 2013 at 03:04 AM
To many liberals in office. A good government requires both liberal and conservatives, because to much of one doesn't work well and Illinois is the result of an overly liberal government(Just like California and New York). They know what needs to be done but won't do it because it will cost them votes. Which oddly enough is costing them votes. Maybe one day when the state raises taxes and spending again the people of Illinois will revolt against the stupidity.
Serf February 07, 2013 at 12:59 PM
Illinois will crash before any meaningful changes to the budget happen. State pensions have got to get realistic like the rest of us in the private sector whom the state uses to fund their employee excesses. This state is out of control!
oswego resident February 07, 2013 at 04:27 PM
They need to stop screwing the people who live in the city by taxing the heck out of them. You don't want those people to get fed up and move out escpecially in the 5-10 mile radius of downtown. Otherwise it will be the 1970's again....
Eileen February 07, 2013 at 06:25 PM
Does anyone see the hypocrisy in touting cuts in Medicaid when Quinn and his ilk have forced the ACA down everyone's throats because they believe healthcare should be available for all? A dichotomy of sorts, for sure!
Conservative February 28, 2013 at 09:56 PM
I'm curious how you mention states with liberals at the head like California and New York, but you can't mention any conservative states where to many "conservatives are destroying it?" Most miserable cities in the US http://realestate.msn.com/10-most-miserable-us-cities-of-2012#8 (ALL run by Liberals and have been for a loooooooong time)

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