Springfield, Ill. – (WCIA/AP)- The State of Illinois released that Governor JB Pritzker delivered the State of the State address, showcasing how Illinois is growing stronger each day. The Governor emphasized that the state can continue to address their challenges when they work together.
The Governor stressed that the state’s historic progress must not be hampered by corruption and self-dealing and urged the General Assembly to pass comprehensive ethics reform, including a ban on lawmakers lobbying any unit of government, more disclosure of conflicts of interest with stiff penalties for withholding information, and a revolving door prohibition for lawmakers.
“We have to work together to confront a scourge that has been plaguing our political system for far too long,” said Gov. JB Pritzker. “We must root out the purveyors of greed and corruption — in both parties — whose presence infects the bloodstream of government,” Pritzker said.
The Governor also looked forward, outlining an agenda that prioritizes fiscal stability while rebuilding a hollowed-out state government to provide key services.
Republicans generally praised the speech but said Pritzker gave short shrift to key issues such as property tax relief.
(This story was originally published on January 29, 2020)