How he frames the issues and which solutions he offers will be instructive.
Pat Quinn is hinting that his State of the State speech will remind the
public how the stateís image has been cleaned up under his watch.
According to Quinn, the state has been scandal-free since 2009 when he
was tapped as lieutenant governor to lead Illinois. Instead of one
governor heading to federal prison, Illinois has three state
legislators facing federal charges.
is also expected to address the state's dire financial crisis, which
includes the nation's worst credit rating, worst-funded pensions and
$9.4 billion in unpaid bills.
Last year during his State of the State address, Quinn promised to take on pensions:
Fixing the pension problem will not be easy, but we have no choice.
We must do it together in a way that is
meaningful, constitutional, and fair to the employees who have†
faithfully contributed to the system.
Thatís why Iíve assembled a pension working group to propose a solution that can be enacted this year.
Download the full transcript for Gov. Quinn's State of the State 2012 address
Will he present a plan to fix pensions, or will he recommend another pension working group?
Will Squeezy the Pension Python make a guest appearance?
Will he keep his promise to make the tax hike temporary, or will he continue to push for a progressive tax?
Will he ask for shared sacrifice?
easy enough to co-opt the language of reform. Who doesn't want to be
the champion of small business and working families? But a politician's
record and his rhetoric are often very different things.
To drive this point home, the Illinois Policy
Institute is hosting a "State of the State BINGO!" game. Below, see the
details on how you can play along. Remember that while Gov. Quinn may
call for "tax relief," it was his record 67% tax hike that shrunk your
HOW TO PLAY
DOWNLOAD A CARD
- Download one version of our cards below.
- Watch Gov. Quinn's State of the State Address†
- Follow the Illinois Policy Institute on Twitter (we will be live-tweeting throughout the speech) or on Facebook. We will call out whenever Gov. Quinn mentions something on the cards.
- If you get five in a row (up-and-down, across
or diagonally), tweet "BINGO! #SOS" @IllinoisPolicy or comment on our
post "BINGO!" Facebook thread. The first three responses we see will
win a free tickets to our next event.