2014 Governor's Race Candidates Blast Quinn SpeechSPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - Several Republicans considering runs for the 2014 governor's race have criticized Gov. Pat Quinn's State of the State address for a lack of specifics and little attention to Illinois' strained finances.
State Sen. Bill Brady of Bloomington says Quinn failed to mention the backlog of unpaid bills. Brady says Quinn should have focused more on jobs. Sen. Kirk Dillard of Hinsdale says Quinn should have talked more about job creation and addressed the nearly $100 billion pension problem. He and others say Quinn's roughly 40 minute speech sounded like a campaign-style address.
Quinn has said he'll seek re-election next year. Former White House chief of staff Bill Daley and Attorney General Lisa Madigan are potential Democratic challengers. Quinn cast pensions as the "toughest of issues" but did mention it heavily.
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