Lawmakers started the second year of the 96th General Assembly this week, attending Governor Pat Quinn’s first State of the State address and approving measures that Senator Tim Bivins said will impose more regulations on Illinois cemeteries and strengthen certain school requirements.

Many lawmakers were disappointed by Quinn’s assessment, which primarily focused on a laundry list of first-year accomplishments. Senator Bivins said it’s not surprising the Governor chose to draw attention to achievements, because seven years of overspending have dug Illinois into a serious fiscal hole.

Governor Quinn did outline his intentions to create jobs and rebuild Illinois’ economy, but he provided few specifics on how he plans to accomplish those goals aside from once again calling for a tax increase. " />

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