Governor Pat Quinn says without a retirement system overhaul, Illinois will spend more on pensions than education in the next five years. Quinn's office says under current projections, required state pension contributions will rise to over $6 billion in the next few years if no reform is enacted.
More than two dozen Illinois counties have received disaster designations because of the ongoing drought. And the state’s stepping in to help deal with the loss of crops. Governor Pat Quinn toured a farm in Jefferson County in Southern Illinois on Monday. It’ been hit hard by a lack of rain.
"They’ve never seen anything like this. We were trying to find an ear of corn. We finally found one. It was about four inches long and it looked like something you’d put in a salad." - Governor Pat Quinn
During his budget address earlier this year, Quinn called for thorough review of Illinois tax law. Governor Pat Quinn made a big deal out of trying to close so-called loopholes in the tax code this year, but it didn't happen.
"It's time to apply the same scrutiny to loopholes in the revenue code as we do for expenditures in the operating budget," said Quinn.