State Sen. Dave Luechtefeld (R-Okawville) offered the following comments after Governor Bruce Rauner delivered his annual State of the State Address on Jan. 27.
“The Governor has a tough job to do and I believe that most of his legislative items are do-able, only if Speaker Michael Madigan is willing to sit down and negotiate. I am afraid we will be in for a long, tough, hot summer because the Speaker of the House is bound and determined to show Governor Rauner ‘who is boss,’” Luechtefeld said. “It is going to take time to make Illinois what it should be, but we’re going to need a wider tax base, by employing more people. We have to create a situation that fosters business and people moving back into Illinois. Unless we make some changes to reform Illinois, there is simply no way to tax our way out of this fiscal nightmare.”