Governor Pat Quinn’s annual budget address is February 22.

I look forward to an in-depth account of the Governor’s plan for Illinois’ finances, including more detail on how he proposes to accomplish the goals laid out earlier this month in his State of the State speech.

My legislative colleagues, both Republican and Democrat, have noted that the Governor’s State of the State speech was filled with ideas that may merit discussion but was woefully short on the daunting fiscal challenges facing Illinois.

Despite a 67 percent income tax increase forced through by Democrat leaders in January 2011, Illinois still faces budget deficits, staggering debt, unemployment, and credit ratings that keep getting lower.

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