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ILLINOIS STATE HOUSE DISTRICT 35: February Legislative Update - State of the State


By Press release submission | Feb 10, 2020

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Illinois State House District 35 issued the following announcement on Feb. 07

On January 29th, Governor Pritzker gave his State of the State Address to the Illinois General Assembly. During his speech, the governor outlined some of his legislative priorities, as well as the current state of affairs in Illinois. If you are interested in listening to his speech, you may click here. I have also selected a few key excerpts for you to read.


"The Illinois economy supports 6.2 million jobs. This is the most jobs on record for our state, and we now have the lowest unemployment rate in history. Last year, for the first time in nearly 20 years, every major region in our state was growing simultaneously - and even more remarkably, communities in southern Illinois like Carbondale have led that growth. Over the past year, Illinois has reduced its unemployment rate more than ALL of the top twenty most populated states in the nation - and more than our Midwestern peers."

"237 Illinois businesses from all over the state made Inc Magazine's List of Fastest Growing Businesses in the Nation, including companies in Columbia and Rock Island, St. Charles and O'Fallon, Taylorville and Chicago."

"Student applications to Illinois' public universities increased last fall for the first time in many years. Illinois is the second-largest producer of computer science degrees in the nation, accounting for nearly 10 percent of all computer science degrees awarded in the entire United States."

"For the first time in a decade, we passed a bipartisan infrastructure bill. Rebuild Illinois will create and support 500,000 jobs in the state as we fix our aging and crumbling roads and bridges, bring broadband to parts of the state that are internet deserts, as well as modernize our hospitals, our community centers, our state police facilities, our universities and colleges - all of the things that keep us going and growing."

"We expanded insurance coverage for mammograms and reproductive health. And we protected people who need treatment for life-threatening allergic reactions. Overall, the number of opioid related deaths are declining."

"The joint commission on Ethics and Lobbying Reform is already at work identifying key areas of reform such as the universal lobbyist registration, so lobbyist being paid to influence local governments are held to the same standard as lobbyists in Springfield and Chicago."

Original source can be found here.

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