Senator Jim Oberweis issued a statement about Governor Bruce Rauner’s first “State of the State” address, presented to a joint session of Illinois lawmakers February 4 in the House of Representatives chambers.
“The beginning of a new year is a natural time to reflect on the events of 2014 and to look ahead to opportunities and challenges our state faces in the coming months. Not to sugarcoat it – Illinois is at a critical fiscal and economic crossroads,” Senator Oberweis said. “As a businessman, I appreciate that our new Governor is a businessman and is bringing fresh eyes and a new perspective to the state’s fiscal condition. No more smoke and mirrors.”
After months of in-depth analysis, Governor Rauner is expected to release his budget February 18.
“Preliminary reports indicate Illinois’ finances are a mess and the fiscal decisions we face over the coming months are going to be tough,” Senator Oberweis said, “So how do we turn things around? Two words: economic growth. A key approach to turning our state around is promoting the kind of economic climate that encourages job creation and growth in Illinois. The Rauner Administration has made job creation one of its top priorities.”
The 25th District Senator says Governor Rauner has also talked about the need for shared sacrifice.
“Representative Keith Wheeler and I are sharing a district office to save taxpayer dollars. In Springfield, Senator Chris Nybo and I are sharing a legislative aide to save taxpayer dollars. Traditionally, each Senator has had his/her own aide,” Senator Oberweis said. “I intend to introduce legislation that will end defined-benefit pensions for state legislators. While those may be small steps compared to our huge budget problems, they show that we are willing to make sacrifices to save taxpayer dollars. Every little bit helps.”
Senator Oberweis said he is ready to roll up his sleeves and get to work with Governor Rauner and his fellow lawmakers to find solutions for the many problems facing Illinois.