Representative Steve Reick Reacts to Governor’s State of the State Address

Today in Springfield, Governor Bruce Rauner presented his third annual State of the State Address before a joint session of the Illinois General Assembly. Following the Governor’s 35-minute speech, State Representative Steve Reick (R-Woodstock) issued the following statement:

“The Governor struck a tone of optimism and opportunity in today’s State of the State Address. While there is no denying that the lack of a budget is the biggest challenge we face right now, I hope all legislators can respond to his positive words about renewed bipartisanship, and we can once and for all work together to end the impasse.”

“The phrase that stood out to me was that we are failing to be compassionate because we are failing to be competitive. Until we fix the problems that can only be fixed within this chamber, by looking beyond the next election, Illinois will never rise to its rightful place as the economic engine of the Midwest.”

“While the budget impasse monopolizes political discussions right now, Governor Rauner pointed to some legitimate accomplishments that have occurred during the last two years. Progress that has been made in the areas of education funding, ethics reform, government efficiency and job creation stand as proof that positive change is possible. As legislators, we need to build on those accomplishments.”