Governor Pat Quinn says lawmakers must be willing to make the tough, unpopular decisions necessary to reform the state's troubled pension system. His state-of-the-state address to the General Assembly was apparently unpopular to some lawmakers, failing to address key issues in the opinion of State Senator Sam McCann.
The Carlinville Republican says Quinn's address sounded more like a campaign speech.
Quinn also called for an increase in the minimum wage to ten-dollars-an-hour and a ban on assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition magazines. Democratic State Senator Bill Haine of Alton could not be reached for comment.