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February 6, 2013

Text of Gov. Quinn's State of the State speech

Quinn says pension issue 'squeezing out' education, public safety

(Continued)

SPRINGFIELD —

Eddy makes his own choices and chases his own dreams. That’s our Illinois.

And I am pleased to announce today that, because of our commitment, Illinois will soon receive significant new resources to provide supportive housing for people with disabilities.

These resources will provide not only a roof over their heads.but also the skills training, counseling, and services they need to become productive members of their communities.

And we’re not done yet.

We want Illinois to be the nation’s leading employer of people with disabilities.

With your partnership, we can double the rate of employment for people with disabilities by 2015.

Our Illinois is an “employment first” state.

But our Illinois is not a land of discrimination. Four years ago, nobody thought civil unions would be possible here.

Today, civil unions are the law of our state. And nearly 5,200 couples across 94 counties have joined in a civil union.

Now, it’s time to take that next step in achieving full equality.

Marriage equality is coming to Illinois. And yesterday was a great start in the Senate Executive Committee.

I want to thank Senator Heather Steans and Representative Greg Harris for their work to move Illinois forward. Let’s pass this bill for marriage equality.

In our Illinois, we embrace the voices.and the votes.of all people. Our democracy is strongest when more voters raise their voices at the ballot box.

That’s why Illinois should join 15 other states in making voter registration available online. We must move our election process into the 21st century.

And while we’re at it, let’s pass a long overdue law to allow voters to participate in primary elections without having to publicly declare their party affiliation.

That’s our Illinois.

PROTECTING CONSUMERS

And in our Illinois, consumers are protected. Everyone in the marketplace deserves a fair shake.

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