State of the State address reaction roundup

State of the State address reaction roundup

Governor Pat Quinn's comments Wednesday on prioritizing education resonated with a state senator that serves the University of Illinois.

That's Democrat Mike Frerichs of Champaign, who said he agrees with the Governor that making early childhood education funding a priority is critical.



Frerichs also noted that the Governor took a more optimistic tone Wednesday than in previous State of the State addresses.  But he said the state still has challenges ahead and needs to prioritize investments.

Frerichs also said he wasn't concerned with Quinn laying out objectives Wednesday without saying how they'll be paid for.  He said the State of State address is a time to be aspirational and set goals, and next month's budget address is the time to give specifics.

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An area state representative said there were times during Governor Pat Quinn's State of the State address where he was questioning whether the governor was actually talking about Illinois.

Republican Representative Chad Hays of Catlin said he was disappointed by what he called a campaign speech by Quinn on what his accomplishments have been during his five years as governor.

Hays said the speech was very light on specifics on how the state could improve its economy.



Hays added that he is very supportive of Quinn's proposal of making more money available for the monetary assistance program for college students if the money is available to do that.  But he said the deadline to apply for those dollars needs to be changed from March to August.

And Hays said the increase in minimum wage plan by Quinn could have an unintended consequence of taking jobs away from those who need it most, which he said are teenagers from the minority community.

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A political science professor at the University of Illinois-Springfield said Governor Pat Quinn did a good job conveying his message Wednesday.

That's according to Kent Redfield, who was a guest Wednesday on the WDWS News Hour.



You can hear more from Redfield here.

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