Local lawmakers call Quinn address a letdown
McHenry County’s representatives in Springfield wanted to hear Gov. Pat Quinn acknowledge a fiscal crisis and call lawmakers to action in his State of the State address Wednesday.
Most said they were left wanting after a 40-minute speech that made scattered references to the state’s unfunded pension liability of at least $96 billion and no reference to the state’s $9 billion in unpaid bills.
State Reps. David McSweeney, R-Barrington Hills, and Mike Tryon, R-Crystal Lake, said Quinn’s address sounded more like a kickoff of his 2014 re-election campaign than a serious accounting of the state’s dire financial situation.