Governor Rauner Touts Accomplishments and Vision for the Future in State of the State Address

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Governor Rauner delivered his State of the State address laying out the accomplishments of his first three years in office while outlining his goals to move Illinois forward in his second term. The governor acknowledged that it won’t be easy and will take a “forget-about-the-politics-and-roll-up-our-sleeves” approach, but now is the time to come together and “do what the people of Illinois want.”

Among his accomplishments, the governor included:

  • Signing the Future Energy Jobs Act, making Illinois the Midwest leader in clean energy jobs
  • Reaching a landmark agreement on school funding reform, which had eluded Illinois for decades
  • Creating Invest in Kids, Illinois’ first ever tuition tax credit scholarship program
  • Enacting criminal justice reforms across the board, responsibly reducing the state’s prison population
  • Fighting the opioid epidemic by making life saving medication and assistance more readily available
  • Reducing red tape, making it easier for businesses to grow and thrive in Illinois

These reforms are strides in the right direction, but there is more work to be done. Governor Rauner also laid out his common sense goals moving forward. He stressed the need to work together to get real things done for the people of Illinois now and in his second term:

  • Passing a balanced budget as proposed in two weeks
  • Enacting term limits for all elected officials, a measure supported by 80% of Illinoisans
  • Fighting sexual harassment through enhanced reporting procedures
  • Working for independently-drawn maps to make elections more fair
  • Rolling back the Madigan Tax Hike
  • Making our property tax system more equitable

Governor Rauner has a positive vision for the future of Illinois and has fought to create jobs, lower taxes, and root out corruption throughout his tenure in the governor’s office.