Governor Pat Quinn’s annual budget address is February 22, and lawmakers are hoping to hear much more about the Governor’s plan for Illinois ‘ finances, including more details on how he proposes to accomplish the goals laid out earlier this month in his State of the State speech.

Lawmakers from both parties have said that the Governor’s State of the State address February 1 had some interesting ideas, but he glossed over the daunting fiscal obstacles facing Illinois. Despite a 67 percent income tax increase forced through by Democrat leaders in January 2011, our state still faces budget deficits, staggering debt and unemployment.

The Governor also needs to provide us with more information on a number of other issues, including his plans for attracting and retaining employers and jobs, his proposed closure of the Jacksonville Developmental Center and the Tinley Park Mental Health Center, and ending the scandal-plagued Legislative Scholarship program." />

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