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Area Republican state legislators were quick to express criticism of Wednesday's State of the State address by Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn. State Representative Jil Tracy (R-Quincy) said she felt Quinn was out of touch.

 

 

In a release she added Quinn's address "sounded more like a campaign speech." She added criticism of Quinn's stand on an assault weapons ban and proposal to raise the minimum wage. State Senator Darin LaHood (R-Peoria) also criticized the minimum wage proposal.

 


State Representative Norine Hammond (R-Macomb) was also critical of the speech, but found some room to praise Quinn.

 

 

Meanwhile in a release, Lt. Gov. Sheila Simon, a Democrat, praised the speech.
“The state of Illinois is at a critical juncture, and lawmakers will be asked to make many difficult decisions in the coming months. I applaud Governor Quinn for calling attention to the state’s pension crisis and urging the General Assembly to work together on a solution. Reforming our state's pension systems will enable us to fund priorities like education, health care and social services."
Simon also praised Quinn for his public safety work.

 

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