Patch Talker: Readers Sound Off After State of the State Address

What are the top issues affecting Illinois today? What would you like to see fixed in the coming year? Do you think Quinn chose the right priorities to highlight during his State of the State speech? Do you think he should be re-elected in 2014?


Following Governor Pat Quinn's State of the State address, Patch asked readers what they think the top issues affecting Illinois are. What needs to be fixed? Do you agree with the governor's priorities? 

Here are some of the responses we received. Some comments have been edited for length, grammar and clarity:

"TERM LIMITS. Enough said."

"[In light of Quinn's proposal to raise minimum wage to $10/hour] Yep, the politicians are certainly expert enough to tell private business how to run their operations since we all know how well the state runs it's business."

"We already have term limits - 2 terms only. One in office, one in the Federal Lockup. What we need is a governor who has a higher IQ than his shoe size. Quinn is a Space Cadet, not a Rocket Scientist."

"The #1 issue in IL is the ongoing erosion of trust between citizens and politicians. The drum beat goes on of investigations, arrests, indictments and convictions (Even with no conviction it still erodes the trust but to be fair is not the same as being found/pleading guilty). Public corruption is one of the main reasons for this situation including generations of one family in office and taking govt jobs/pensions/goodies. The other is the massive failure to be good financial stewards of public dollars and allowing $9 Billion in backlog of bills owed to IL businesses and $100 Billion in underfunded pension payments. All of this happened with the full knowledge of our State Representatives and Senators."

"There is no trust for politicians, because you give them an inch they take a mile everytime. Raise taxes, great answer. Didn't we already do that?(67%). Maybe we should pay politicians $10.00 an hour? We couldn't do any worse. $10.00 an hour = less jobs. These politicians have no clue. There just going thru the motions and lining there pockets on our lazyness. Vote them out, it's the only way to send the right message. Start with Cullerton, Madigan and Quinn."

Have an opinion? Share it in the comments. 

Rick February 09, 2013 at 01:46 PM
Quinn, the Madigans, Cullertons, Daleys have run this state into the ground over the last 40 years while nearly all the reins of power have been in their hands. I wonder if their personal wealth has gone in the same direction as the State's during that time? Not.
McCloud February 09, 2013 at 01:50 PM
We're almost there, on track to keep pushing those evil capitalists who make profit out of this state. All that will be left is retired teachers looking for their pension checks.
Sully February 09, 2013 at 03:00 PM
What are you so angry about Mac? Obviously you have some extreme resentment over something. What is it?
McCloud February 09, 2013 at 03:13 PM
Perhaps it is the ignorance that people like you display by voting for Santa Claus and his merry men. I see an unsustainable path that has already shown record welfare, unemployment, food stamps, massive debt, contraction of GDP, and more much more of the same.
marco sangria February 09, 2013 at 06:51 PM
fire them all. they are not responsible to anyone but themselves! lowest approval ratings and they are still in office. The electorate are the fools for tolerating this incompetence. no accountability.


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