Illinois state Sen. Paul Schimpf (R-Murphysboro)
Illinois state Sen. Paul Schimpf (R-Murphysboro) was disappointed that Democratic Gov. J.B. Pritzker did not discuss the most important challenges the state faces during his State of the State address last Wednesday.
"I thought it was a positive speech and talked about the need to work together and hit on all that Illinois has going for it," Schimpf said. "I appreciate the positive tone of the speech; It’s important we never give up on the state."
However, Schimpf said that Pritzker's positivity could also be seen as avoiding the most serious issues facing the state.
Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker
"The problem I have with it is the governor was only telling half the story," Schimpf said. "There was no mention of the fact that tens of thousands of people are leaving Illinois. The pension liability continues to grow. There was no mention that our budget was structurally deficient. He didn’t mention the very real challenges we face. I was disappointed that he only told half the story."