On January 31, Governor Bruce Rauner delivered his annual State of the State Address before members of both houses of the state legislature.
State Senator Tom Rooney (R-Rolling Meadows) issued the following statement after the address:
“The State of the State is an important annual review of where we are, but it's also important to look at the grand scope of how we got here. Over the past a decade, Illinois has been forced to operate under the irresponsible direction of unbalanced budgets. We have a growing bill backlog, mounting debt obligations and some of the highest property taxes in the nation, driving out residents and leaving the people of this state frustrated.
“It wasn’t too long ago that lawmakers had the opportunity to work together to finally give Illinois a balanced budget. Instead, party politics took precedence over the people. Conflict was valued above compromise and in its wake, a massive income tax hike was imposed on every Illinois’ taxpayer. Illinois deserves better and, if we work together, we can do better.
“This is the start of a new session and with that comes a new opportunity. As we move forward, we need to work to bring about real reforms to our state that unburden our taxpayers, address Illinois’ fundamental problems and provide a budget that is both balanced and reflective of the needs of those we represent.”