Quinn wants minimum wage hike, assault weapons ban

Gov Quinn touted his accomplishments of the last four years Wednesday in his State of the State address.

But the consensus among his opponents in Springfield is that it was a campaign speech, more about reelection and light on the biggest problem faced by his administration.

The speech had promises on education, health care and public safety, and invoked the tragic story of Hadiya Pendleton, the Chicago teen shot and killed last week.

Quinn wants Illinois’ minimum wage to increase from $8.25 to $10 an hour over the next four years. The federal minimum wage is $7.25 an hour, but Illinois’ rate has been higher for years. Business groups are likely to oppose such a change.

The Democratic governor also reiterate his support for gay marriage .Quinn called for a statewide ban on assault weapons and the sale of high-capacity ammunition magazines. He wants to strengthen background checks and require gun owners to report lost or stolen guns to avoid so-called “straw purchasers.”

The governor also offered some of what he wants as the state moves toward allowing conceal carry following a federal appellate ruling that tossed out the state’s long standing ban.

Where the speech was short, critics say, was on issue #1, the out-of control pension problem crushing the state economy.

“Pat Quinn, with a legislature controlled by his own party, has done nothing in four years on our state’s biggest problem, which is pension reform,” said Republican Sen Kirk Dillard.

Even among Democrats, there are rumblings about the Governor’s vulnerability.  Even as he touts his reforms of the past four years, calls for an assault weapons ban and delivering what sounded like the first speech of a reelection campaign.

The  state pensions issue is a nearly $97 billion dollar problem that’s only getting worse. Failure to make a deal on them equals a major political liability for the governor.

Quinn mentioned his support for Senate Bill 1, a hybrid legislation proposed by the senate president that could lead to a bipartisan solution.

Full text of Gov. Quinn’s State of the State Speech 2013

-The Chicago Tribune Contributed to the report

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8 comments

  • Gimme A. Break

    Why is Quinn talking? The real BOSS of illinois is the guy standing behind him, Mr. Madigan. He solely decides what will get voted on, whenit will get voted and why.
    All Quinn has is an impotent veto.

  • Matt

    Just so everyone knows, Illinois is the laugh of the country! Democrats have controlled Illinois forever with their mob mentality and organized crime behavior, yet people still continue to vote for the democrat…lol!

  • Dave

    Quinn is stupid, weak, foolish, idiotic , and wasted space. In other words a very qualified politician. It is absolutely amazing that the people in this state / country elect such incompetence. It is sickening.

  • No Mercy

    The people don't elect anyone, if they could – voting would be illegal/banned. This "democracy" is all for show, believe me, it's not who votes that matters but who counts the votes.

  • pagan69

    There is a reason that the results came in late, I went to bed with Brady as the next Governor and woke-up to, and the fix was in. This guy can’t find his way to the can on his own, ZERO Accomplishment. When I go to a meeting or conference out of state, I beg to have my state listed as New Hampshire as the first thing people do when they find out you are from Illinois they say “I’m So Sorry”. The pension problem was created and overseen by the legislature, they collected money for the pension and spent it on other things, as well as the prepaid college and prepaid funerals. YOU PEOPLE cannot be trusted with our money.

  • Kid1339

    I don't care if you go to fifty $ an hour lot of people are like the goverment they can't handle money & the price of goods will go up too.

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