The annual “State of the State” address February 1 will offer insight into Governor Pat Quinn’s priorities for the upcoming legislative session, according to Senator Bill Brady.

“The State of the State address allows the Governor to give his assessment of the prior year and lay out his agenda for the year ahead. Frankly, Illinois faces a number of daunting challenges that will require decisive leadership and action,” Senator Brady said. “The ‘tax-and-spend” policies of the recent years have left Illinois in a shambles.”

State budget forecasts recently released by the Quinn Administration and Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka underscore the importance of addressing Illinois’ multi-billion dollar deficit and burgeoning backlog of bills. But while the state’s budget woes remains a top priority for lawmakers, media reports indicate the Governor will likely turn his attention to other important—and contentious—issues like public pensions, taxes, and the Medicaid system.

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