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Governor Quinn's State of the State Address Gives No Full Insight on State's Problems

By Will Doolin, WJBD News and The Associated Press

Governor Pat Quinn gave his State of the State Address Wednesday, which many have criticized lacked specifics and gave little attention to some of the state's financial problems.  Many say his speech was more like a campaign speech for the 2014 governor's race.

Quinn called on several measures for lawmakers to consider this year.  He has an ethics proposal, where he wants lawmakers to recuse themselves from taking a vote or other official action if there's a conflict of interest.  He says dozens of states have banned conflict of interest voting.  The proposal would also prevent lawmakers from representing a person or corporation where there's a financial or personal conflict of interest.

Quinn announced he has put his support behind Senate Bill 1, which was introduced last month. It includes parts of a Senate-approved measure along with the increased contributions and reduced benefits in the bill that failed to get a House vote. It's sponsored by Senate President John Cullerton.  Quinn made only scattered references to the state's pension problems in his speech.  

Quinn also renewed his call for an assault weapons ban in the state.  He says Illinois must prohibit the sale of assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition magazines, and that assault weapons don't belong in everyday public places like schools, shopping malls or sports stadiums.  Quinn has pushed for an assault weapons ban and used his power of amendatory veto to rewrite a bill to ban assault weapons.  Lawmakers rejected it.   

Quinn also gave his support for the state to allow gay marriage, and an increase in the state's minimum wage from $8.50 to $10 an hour.  Quinn also announced that he signed an executive order to help military veterans get jobs, calling for state agencies to streamline the process for veterans applying for job licenses.  

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