Quinn to address finances in state speech
CHICAGO – Gov. Pat Quinn faces big expectations over how he’ll address Illinois’ disastrous finances when he delivers his State of the State speech this week, but he’s hinting he’ll also remind the public how the state’s image has been cleaned up under his watch.
The annual speech is expected to set the tone for the year, touching on broad themes ahead of a later budget address on the nitty-gritty of running government. But this is the governor’s best chance to boast of accomplishments, and Quinn has yet to succeed at forging compromise on pension reform and other issues as he did with helping restore the state’s reputation after his two predecessors went off to prison.
Focusing on ethics more than finances could be tricky for Quinn, however. Illinois is staring down the worst pension problem in the nation, with nearly $100 billion in unfunded liability, and he’s on the spot to show progress as Republicans and some Democrats begin eyeing his seat in next year’s governor’s race.
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