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State of the State: What Does Illinois Need to Fix?

Gov. Pat Quinn give his fifth State of the State address on Wednesday afternoon. What do you think should be his top priorities over the next year? Tell us in the comments' section.

Gov. Pat Quinn voiced his support for gay marriage in Illinois, a minimum wage hike and tougher gun laws during his State of the State speech Wednesday afternoon, according to the Chicago Tribune. 

The Associated Press has posted the full text from Quinn's State of the State speech. Here are some of the highlights:

Quinn also spent much of his speech touting his accomplishments during his term as governor, such as cuts to Medicaid and ethics laws that have been passed, according to Crain's Chicago. 

Quinn has said he will run for re-election in 2014. If he does, he is expected to have an opponent in the March 2014 Democratic primary. 

Quinn has gotten low approval ratings in recent months. A Democratic-leaning Public Policy Polling survey released at the end of November found Quinn to be the least popular governor in the United States with an approval rating of 25 percent.

Tell Us: What are the top issues affecting Illinois today? What would you like to see fixed in the coming year? Do you think Quinn chose the right priorities to highlight during his State of the State speech? Do you think he should be re-elected in 2014? Get the conversation started by commenting below. 

McCloud February 06, 2013 at 09:39 PM
It's already too late, unsustainable pensions, tax increases on business, overblown budgets, minimum wage hikes, high unemployment, business exodus from state, higher welfare, food stamps, Obamacare fees and penalties. The mope that runs this state is concerned about gay marriage, good grief.
R.MM TAYLOR February 06, 2013 at 10:22 PM
GOV. QUINN N E E D S TO RESIGN....HE IS USELESS AS A POLITICIAN IN ANY OFFICE------SEND HIM OVERSEAS TO SCREW UP EUROPE/RUSSIA/CHINA/KOREA, LEAST WE FORGET THE OIL COUNTRIES....GO BLAGOVICH!!!!!!!
Mikein algonquin February 06, 2013 at 10:39 PM
The state's financial status is the most pressing. If Quinn was really serious about resolving the problem he would vow not to sign any legislature bill into law until the financial status is resolved.
Paul Shafer February 07, 2013 at 09:45 PM
What does Illinois need to fix? What DOESN'T Illinois need to fix?

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