State of the State

  • Lightford applauds Pritzker’s commitment to education

    Senator LightfordSPRINGFIELD – Majority Leader Kimberly A. Lightford (D-Maywood) responded to Gov. JB Pritzker’s State of the State Address on Wednesday with the following statement:

    “Last year, the governor gave the General Assembly an extra push to get some big items done, and I look forward to building on such a successful session. I am particularly excited about investing in early childhood education and working to make college more affordable.”

    “Education is a vital tool in lifting people out of poverty, and I am glad Governor Pritzker shares my commitment to the children of Illinois.”

  • Martinez commends governor’s plans prioritizing families, diversity

    Senator MartinezSPRINGFIELD – Pleased by the governor’s commitment to continue progress for a more equal, fair state benefitting all Illinois residents in his State of the State address to lawmakers Wednesday, State Senator Iris Y. Martinez (D-Chicago) released the following statement:

    “Our state is back on track toward financial responsibility, while taking the needs of minorities into consideration. I believe we’re progressing to a state government that works for everyone.

    I also share a passion with his administration to continue investing in the care and education our children need to succeed making Illinois the best state to raise our young ones. I commend the governor’s sincerity and look forward to what we can accomplish this legislative session.”

  • Bertino-Tarrant applauds plans to invest in Illinois’ education system

    Senator Bertino-TarrantSPRINGFIELD – State Senator Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant (D-Shorewood) was thrilled to hear Gov. JB Pritzker’s plans to increase investments in the state’s education system during the State of the State address on Wednesday.

    “The most important investment we can make is in our children’s education,” Bertino-Tarrant said. “Increasing investments in child care and early childhood education will ensure that we are providing the best resources to help train the future leaders of our great state.”

  • Senate President supports governor’s ethics push, renewed optimism

    Harmon 012920SPRINGFIELD —Illinois Senate President Don Harmon echoed Gov. JB Pritzker’s call for ethics reform in the wake of ongoing federal investigations.

    In his State of the State address Wednesday, Pritzker said he wanted Illinois to adopt a revolving door prohibition to prevent elected officials from retiring one day and then immediately lobbying their former colleagues.

    Harmon offered his support for the idea.

    “I’ve long been troubled by the appearance of someone serving as a member of the General Assembly on Friday and becoming a lobbyist on Monday. That’s a problem and one we should tackle,” Harmon said. “You shouldn’t be a lawmaker one day and a lobbyist the next.”

  • Black Caucus: State has made great strides, but there’s work still to be done

    blackcaucus 012920SPRINGFIELD—The Illinois Legislative Black Caucus (ILBC) responded to Gov. JB Pritzker’s State of the State address on Wednesday.

    Leaders of the Black Caucus discussed key issues brought up by the governor’s address that specifically affect black communities throughout the state, including early childhood education, health care and criminal justice reform.

    Senate Majority Leader Kimberly A. Lightford, Chair of the ILBC:

    “The governor’s address highlighted some areas where we were finally able to see progress for our communities under his leadership, including a new capital plan to fix the state’s crumbling infrastructure and create jobs that are desperately needed in our communities, and additional funding for K-12 and early childhood education.

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  • McGuire: Governor silent on needs of college students

    01242017CM0675SPRINGFIELD – Following the governor’s State of the State address Wednesday, State Senator Pat McGuire released the following statement:

    “Halfway through his term, the governor is only half-right when it comes to education and jobs. Illinois does need more good, middle-class jobs. But when it comes to post-secondary education, all the governor talked about were research universities and ‘wealth creation.’

    “The community college student studying nursing who needs financial aid to finish? Silence. The small-college student hoping to earn a teaching degree without crushing student loan debt? Crickets. The public university student majoring in criminal justice who hopes her school will stay open? Not a word.”

  • Sen. Lightford discusses the State of the State

    Senator Kimberly A. Lightford (D-Maywood) shares her thoughts after listening to the governor's State of the State address on January 27, 2016.


  • Sen. Haine shares thoughts on State of the State

    Senator Bill Haine (D-Alton) shares his thoughts after listening to the governor's State of the State address on January 27, 2016.


  • Sen. Bennett shares thoughts after State of the State

    Senator Scott Bennett (D-Champaign) shares his thoughts after listening to the governor's State of the State address on January 27, 2016.


  • Sen. Van Pelt shares State of the State concerns

    Senator Patricia Van Pelt (D-Chicago) shares her concerns with the governor's State of the State address on January 27, 2016.


  • Sen. McGuire reacts to the State of the State address

    Senator Pat McGuire (D-Joliet) expresses his thoughts regarding the State of the State address on January 27, 2016.


  • Sen. Martinez on the State of the State address [ESP]

    Senator Iris Martinez (D-Chicago) shares her thoughts about the governor's State of the State address on January 27, 2016.


  • Sen. Martinez on the State of the State address [ENG]

    Senator Iris Martinez (D-Chicago) shares her thoughts about the governor's State of the State address on January 27, 2016.


  • Sen. Hutchinson shares hopes for State of the State

    Senator Toi Hutchinson (D-Kankakee) shares her hopes for the upcoming legislative session ahead of the governor's State of the State address.


  • Sen. Collins shares hopes for State of the State

    Senator Jacqueline Collins (D-Chicago) shares her hopes for the upcoming legislative session ahead of the governor's State of the State address.