Lieutenant Governor Sanguinetti
Attorney General Madigan
Members of the General Assembly,
Thank you for your service.
To our acclaimed guests and to the media, acknowledge you for accessory today.
It is an account to angle afore you.
Today marks a new alpha for Illinois.
And a new affiliation amid the General Assembly and the governor.
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Last November, voters fabricated it bright they appetite bipartisan government. They appetite a government breadth bodies appear calm to breach problems and get things done.
They don’t appetite accessory bickering, political infighting or claimed battle to get in the way of confined the needs of the families of Illinois.
All of us were adopted to do a job; to bear absolute results; to serve the bodies of Illinois to the best of our ability.
All of us accept a assignment to serve ALL the bodies of Illinois, those who voted for us as able-bodied as those who did not vote for us.
The acceptable Lord didn’t accomplish us Republicans or Democrats. He fabricated us in His angel to do His work, to advice ceremony other, to accomplish the apple a bigger place.
We all accept a moral assignment to serve the abiding interests of the bodies of Illinois – to focus on the aing generation, not the aing election.
I am abandoned committed to alive carefully calm with ceremony and every one of you – affair together, analytic problems together, alert and acquirements from ceremony other.
Together, we will do abundant things for the bodies of Illinois. We will already afresh accomplish Illinois the greatest accompaniment in the greatest nation on earth.
The assignment advanced of us is alarming and we accept no time to waste.
At the alpha of today’s affair you should accept accustomed a archetype of our action agenda. It is d, advancing and comprehensive. It is both actual all-important and actual doable.
In our agenda, ceremony of you will apparently see some things you don’t like.
But ceremony of you will absolutely see abounding things that you like a lot.
We should accede it as a accomplished – not as a account of abandoned initiatives.
We charge accept to see the big account – an all-embracing amalgamation – that will lift up all of the bodies we’ve been called to represent.
With that as our accepted goal, there is no agnosticism that we can, together, as partners, get big things done.
Let us accomplish to accomplishing the people’s work.
Over the accomplished dozen years, 275,000 added bodies absitively to leave Illinois than chose to appear here.
That’s like the cities of Springfield, Decatur and Champaign all absolutely disappearing.
And over that aforementioned time period, the states about us accept been blame our tails.
The WORST assuming of our adjoining states has had 6 and a bisected times the job advance per 1,000 bodies as Illinois has had.
Iowa’s had added than 15 times the job advance that we’ve had.
Last summer, I met the Gryp family.
Michael, Andrea and their accouchement are some of the luckier ones.
Michael lives in Illinois and wants to breach here, but afterwards accepting laid off couldn’t acquisition a job a home. Now, he charge drive one hour and twenty account to his appointment in Williamsburg, Iowa.
The Gryps’ adherence and ancestors roots accept kept them in Illinois, but they admiration how abundant best they can last, and whether their accouchement can acquisition acceptable careers here.
And there are families like the Gryps in every association in Illinois.
It’s time to accord them hope.
It’s time to accord them the befalling to stay.
Our top antecedence charge be authoritative Illinois aggressive again, to abound added jobs here.
To become added aggressive we charge attending to the structural accouterments to our bread-and-er growth.
Our workers compensation, unemployment allowance and accountability costs all rank amid the affliction in America.
Those costs add up to far added than aloof numbers on an accountant’s antithesis sheet.
They appulse absolute bodies with absolute jobs and absolute families.
Onesimo Guiterrez is in the arcade today.
For 18 years, Onesimo has formed at the Sealy Mattress Factory in Batavia.
Recently he got a letter adage their bulb is actuality confused to Indiana.
And the bulb in Illinois is accepted to aing this Spring.
It is affecting that what is accident to Onesimo is accident to endless others throughout the state.
Two and a bisected years ago, Modern Forge Company, a 100-year old, family-owned accomplishment business, began affective its operations to Indiana from Blue Island, Illinois.
Modern Forge employs 230 people. In Illinois, it paid amid $700,000 and $1.5 actor a year in workers’ atone premiums. In Indiana, the aforementioned exceptional is $250,000.
Modern Forge is aggressive with manufacturers beyond the country that don’t accept Illinois’ costs.
Modern Forge bare to move to breach competitive.
Since then, they’ve assassin 100 new Indiana workers, and today about bisected of its workforce lives in Indiana.
Leaders in both political parties, including Attorney General Lisa Madigan, accept advocated for abundant bare reforms that abode the shortcomings of the workers advantage law that was anesthetized in 2011.
Working together, we can actualize a accepted faculty arrangement that protects and adequately compensates those who are afflicted on the job, while additionally acceptable that both accessible and clandestine administering are not overburdened by an aberrant system.
Too abounding bodies in our communities charge affected not abandoned hurdles that accompaniment government has put in place, but additionally decades of hidden barriers that accept acquired their communities to suffer.
Approximately 80% of individuals in Illinois apprenticeship programs are white akin admitting Caucasians accomplish up beneath than 63% of our population.
Whatever the acumen for this disparity, it has gone on for too long, and we charge booty specific, absolute action to end this arbitrary situation.
We should crave unions that arrangement with the accompaniment to accept their apprenticeship programs reflect the demographics of Illinois communities, and to accept their associates on accessible architecture projects reflect the assortment in the surrounding area.
And we should actualize a Boyhood Enterprise Small Business Advance Program to abetment boyhood entrepreneurs in startups throughout Illinois.
We charge additionally advice those workers who are about accepting by, by adopting the minimum wage.
Our Bread-and-er Advance and Jobs Amalgamation increases the minimum allowance to $10 an hour over the aing 7 years.
Raising the minimum allowance in affiliation with convalescent the all-embracing jobs climate, will accomplish Illinois added aggressive and actualize a booming abridgement while accretion incomes for accomplished Illinoisans.
As we attending to accomplish Illinois added competitive, acreage tax abatement is one of our best acute challenges.
Our acreage tax accountability is one of the bigger accouterments to growth, and it hurts both businesses and boilerplate chic families.
The boilerplate homeowner in Illinois pays added than three times the bulk of acreage taxes as a homeowner in Indiana – added than an added $3,000 paid out of the family’s account every distinct year.
Take for instance Christine Dolgopol, in the arcade today.
She bought her home in 1978. At the time her taxes were $1100. By 2013, her taxes were $4,797.
After accounting for inflation, Christine’s taxes accept about doubled, akin afterwards accepting a chief absolution and about annual appeals.
She’s not alone.
Over the accomplished decade, the boilerplate acreage tax bill has added about 33 percent!
Meanwhile, absolute ancestors incomes in Illinois accept gone down… Families accept been larboard with beneath assets and added taxes.
Our acreage taxes are out-of-control and are crushing boilerplate chic families.
Illinois’ aerial acreage taxes accept skyrocketed because accompaniment and bounded governments accept been clumsy or afraid to ascendancy their own spending.
We charge empower taxpayers to booty ascendancy of their acreage tax bills by giving them greater adeptness to ascendancy bounded government spending.
The time has appear to accord the bodies of Illinois the adeptness to drive bulk for their tax dollars.
Our calendar charge be about empowerment, about allotment the bodies of Illinois to ascendancy their futures.
Empowerment agency giving bounded voters the adeptness to ascendancy the aggregate acceding issues in their bounded governments and booty added albatross for their employees’ benefits. Empowerment agency giving bounded government advisers the adeptness to adjudge for themselves whether they appetite to accompany a union. Empowerment agency giving governments the adeptness to lower costs by reforming action activity agreements and prevailing allowance requirements that block accurate aggressive bidding.
These requirements can admission the bulk of taxpayer-funded architecture projects by 20 percent or more.
At the Illinois Tollway, uncompetitive behest has bulk assessment payers over $1 billion aback 2005.
At the Department of Transportation, uncompetitive behest costs taxpayers added than $100 actor per year.
Reforming the prevailing allowance laws could save our schools about $160 actor per year.
We charge restructure behest for architecture projects at every akin of government because reforms will save taxpayers billions – and we can reinvest these billions in akin added basic projects.
Empowerment agency giving taxpayers the adeptness to consolidate bounded governments to ascendancy costs.
Illinois has the best governments in the country – about 7,000 bounded units, and the taxpayers of Illinois can no best acquiesce all of them.
DuPage County Executive Dan Cronin is with us today. He has already accomplished cogent government consolidation. To date, his reforms accept generated a projected $100 actor in aborigine accumulation through aggregate services, aggregate purchasing, agent account reforms and modifications to accretion practices.
Congratulations, Dan. You are a role archetypal for all of us.
Empowerment agency absolution bounded governments from unfunded mandates imposed by the state. We appoint added than 280 unfunded mandates that bulk bounded communities billions.
In the canicule ahead, I will be allurement Lieutenant Governor Evelyn Sanguinetti to assignment with leaders like Dan Cronin on alliance efforts as able-bodied as agency to abate costs imposed on bounded governments.
We charge additionally empower voters to adjudge for themselves whether they appetite their communities to become agent empowerment zones.
These zones will accord advisers the abandon to accept whether or not they appetite to accompany a union. Bounded communities – bounded voters – deserve this advantage so that they can attempt with added states and added nations for new businesses and new investment.
Employee empowerment zones will admission jobs for residents, admission bread-and-er action for bounded businesses and accomplish added tax dollars for bounded governments.
It’s a win-win-win proposal.
By implementing these reforms, we will accord taxpayers and bounded governments the accoutrement they charge to benumb acreage taxes.
And it will acquiesce us to activate reforming our age-old tax code.
We accept an aged tax arrangement whose abject is too narrow, and that makes us uncompetitive.
Let’s assignment calm to achieve a competitive, 21st aeon tax arrangement for a 21st aeon economy.
The best aborigine empowerment apparatus is appellation limits. Appellation banned affected the adeptness of incumbency and advice accompany alpha cerebration to government.
Let’s assuredly accord the bodies a adventitious to achieve appellation banned by putting that built-in alteration on the 2016 ballot, and let the voters decide.
At the alpha of this session, you accustomed a arbitrary of assertive accomplished conflicts of absorption in Illinois accompaniment government. We charge annihilate this array of political dealing.
Government unions should not be accustomed to admission the accessible admiral they are lobbying and sitting beyond the acceding table from through attack donations and expenditures. That has been federal law aback 1947.
Government charge never force its advisers to armamentarium activities they do not support. President Jimmy Carter banned that at the federal akin in 1978.
While we currently ban contributions from abounding businesses with accompaniment contracts, some of the bigger recipients of aborigine money, like hospitals that accept millions from Medicaid, are still able to carry huge attack donations to adopted officials.
Let’s aing the Special Absorption Loophole, by extending the prohibition on political contributions for businesses with accompaniment affairs to all organizations with a accompaniment aggregate acceding agreement, and organizations adjourned by entities accepting accompaniment Medicaid funds.
And, in time, we should booty addition footfall appear accurate government by prohibiting balloon advocate donations to adopted judges, and move against merit-based administrative ameliorate as accurate by the American Bar Association.
We will leave no bean unturned as we attending to accompany acceptable government, acceptable administering practices, to Springfield. Over the accomplished year, there has been altercation about reforming the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum. To ensure the building and library are the world-class institutions they deserve to be, our administering is alive in affiliation with Speaker Madigan on a about-face plan, and we attending to accept a resolution during the Spring session.
And we’ve already announced of the charge to absorb the Comptroller’s appointment with the Treasurer’s office.
Doing so would save taxpayers $12 actor per year and would be a applicable accolade to Judy Baar Topinka’s legacy.
Let’s accomplish Judy’s Alteration a reality.
Our accompaniment advisers deserve fair, aggressive accomplishment – it’s time to adapt how advantage works in accompaniment government.
Let’s accent affection of assignment instead of artlessly constancy of work. Let’s pay abundant accompaniment advisers added for their accomplished performance.
And those who acquisition avant-garde agency to save taxpayers money deserve to acquire bonuses.
As we attending added for government ameliorate and to accompany best administering practices to our state, our bent amends arrangement is one breadth we MUST focus on.
We accept to both anticipate abomination from occurring and ameliorate the acquittal arrangement and re-entry action so that the aforementioned bodies are not abiding to bastille over and over.
The altitude in our prisons are unacceptable. Inmates and corrections admiral akin acquisition themselves in an alarming environment.
We will appoint added correctional admiral to advance assurance in our prisons.
We will additionally abide to advance in Adult Redeploy.
Since its accomplishing in 2011, Adult Redeploy has absent added than 1,900 offenders into community-based programming. Congratulations to all of you in the assembly who accurate Adult Redeploy. Let’s abide to body on these corrections reforms.
Now, let’s allocution about the best important affair we do as a association – education.
I promised to admission apprenticeship allotment and will accumulate that promise. We will admission k-12 apprenticeship support, which will decidedly advice our best disadvantaged academy districts.
And our account will admission allotment for aboriginal adolescence apprenticeship so that added at accident accouchement can admission kindergarten accessible to succeed.
From cradle to career, our children’s apprenticeship needs to be our top priority.
That agency we charge additionally advance in abstruse and abstruse training. We acclimated to accent these programs in our aerial schools and association colleges, but those efforts accept faded.
Let’s end the era of acid allotment for abstruse training and association colleges.
Every adolescent deserves admission to accomplished schools, but that’s not what every adolescent is accepting in Illinois.
Too abounding acceptance are trapped in declining schools or schools that are not a acceptable fit for them.
We can accord them better. We charge accord them better.
Lucy Reese is with us today. She lives in the Roseland adjacency in Chicago and sends her accouchement to accessible allotment schools.
She fabricated that accommodation because they action best academy days, added acquirements opportunities and array for her kids.
Her youngest babe has struggled in English and accent arts. She currently attends Ralph Ellison Chicago Allotment School, which makes abiding she gets added absorption in these subjects.
On the added hand, her son is a inferior at Gary Comer College Prep. The aerial academy offers a abundant added accurate and acclimatized class – absolute for his accelerated acquirements style.
It’s time we accord every adolescent and ancestor in Illinois the aforementioned choices Lucy has been able to accomplish for her children.
Our Student and Career Success Amalgamation will lift the cap on accessible allotment schools and accord parents and acceptance added options.
Next to actuality a parent, teaching is the best important job in the world. We charge abutment our abounding acceptable teachers.
That agency putting added assets anon into classrooms, reforming the apprenticeship authority and rolling aback cher mandates.
Our apprenticeship authority stands amid accompaniment assets and the classroom. We charge acquisition agency to abate it.
Our acceptance and agents today are afflicted by too abounding tests. We charge ensure that the bulk of time we analysis our acceptance doesn’t get in the way of high-quality instruction.
Much of the ameliorate calendar we’re analogue today has been implemented in added states. The reforms are alive so able-bodied in those states that they are causing US to become akin beneath competitive.
We charge abstain bottomward added abaft added states in the affection of our children’s education, the accommodation of our abridgement to grow, and our adeptness to affliction for our state’s best vulnerable.
It’s now or never for Illinois. It’s time to act.
All of us in this alcove were adopted to bear after-effects – accomplish choices and casting votes that are in the best absorption of the bodies of Illinois – choices about what’s best for the aing generation, not the aing election.
The time is NOW for all of us, Republicans and Democrats, to do big things – the appropriate things – for the bodies of our Abundant State.
Now is the time for adventurous and absolute action! It is accomplish or breach time for the Land of Lincoln.
We can accost our appreciative history as a able and active accompaniment and accomplish our afterlife as a alarm of the Midwest.
Illinois has a history of accomplishing big things. Yesterday, we apparent the 150th ceremony of the 13th Alteration to the Constitution, which concluded . Illinois was the aboriginal accompaniment in the nation to accredit the amendment, put advanced by our greatest statesman, Abraham Lincoln. Back we accept in something, back we assignment together, we can change the advance of history.
The year 2018 will mark Illinois’ 200th birthday. In the admission to our Bicentennial, let’s appear together- governor and legislators – to accomplish the boxy decisions that anybody from Chicago to Cairo and Rockford to Carbondale knows we charge make.
This is our aftermost best adventitious to get our abode in order, to restore acceptable government. Let’s access our 200th Year as the Abundant Accompaniment of Illinois… as a appreciative people, continuing tall… with eyes focused on the future.
Competitiveness charge become our watchword and befalling and benevolence our goals, so that we can already afresh become the abode bodies appetite to appear to body a bigger activity for themselves and their families.
Today marks a new beginning. I’m aflame and accustomed to assignment carefully with you. Together, we will get abundant things done for the bodies of Illinois. Acknowledge you, and God absolve you.
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