SPRINGFIELD—Today Governor JB Pritzker gave his annual State of the State Address to a joint assembly of the House and Senate. State Representative Mark Batinick (R-Plainfield) released the following statement in reaction to today’s address:
“This year we have seen too many cases of corruption cracking the foundation of our government. While I appreciate the Governor’s support today on ethics reform, there is still much more to be done to root out this culture of corruption. We can’t pass enough laws to make people do the right thing, but to stop influence peddling, we can adopt term limits and redistricting reform to prevent absolute power and keep lawmakers in check.
Beyond real ethics reform, Illinois’ pension system remains our state’s biggest burden. Last year we made progress on pension reform efforts, but we need to build on this momentum to secure our state’s long-term future. I look forward to working with the Governor and my colleagues, including those across the aisle to accomplish this.”