Statement on Governor Rauner's State of the State Address

I was pleased with the forward thinking message of Governor Rauner’s address today and his resolve to stay the course in his efforts to change Illinois for the better. He spoke at length on the various ways that we can transform our state government and the way our state operates so that we can make it more efficient and effective. I join the Governor in calling for a substantive debate on these issues, many of which are sorely needed in this state. 

Despite the bitter divide caused by the budget impasse, I still believe compromise is possible and necessary to progressively address Illinois’ many problems.  Like Governor Rauner, I am ready and willing to come together and work cooperatively with both sides of the aisle to find comprehensive solutions. We need to make Illinois a better state for everyone to not only live in, but to thrive in.