State of the State

Rauner: Illinois Needs To Be More Competitive

Feb 4, 2015

Some of the big ideas Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner outlined in first his State of the State Address aren’t likely to get very far.

Rauner acknowledged up front that voters elected him - a Republican - and supermajority of Democrats in the legislature.

"They don’t want partisan bickering, political infightin', or personal conflict to get in the way of servin' the needs of the families of Illinois," Rauner said.

Rauner spoke of inequities in granting contracts to minority-owned companies, and prison conditions that he called “unacceptable.”

Chris Slaby / Illinois Public Radio

Illinois Governor Pat Quinn gave his State of the State address this week. He repeatedly hammered a theme of political courage during his speech to the General Assembly.

Quinn to Deliver "State of the State"

Feb 6, 2013
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WNIJ will carry the Governor's address today at noon

It is an opportunity for the Chicago Democrat to boast of his accomplishments and set the stage for his budget address in the coming weeks. Senator Mike Jacobs, a Democrat from East Moline, says he believes Quinn has done a good job despite difficult circumstances.

State of the State Reaction

Feb 2, 2012

Governor Pat Quinn used his State of the State address to outline proposals he says would boost Illinois' economy.  The governor's plan includes various tax cuts.  He also proposed an increase in education spending.