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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 —

Four years ago, runaway bankers brought the Illinois economy to its knees.

These shady operators peddled risky mortgage loan products costing far too many people their homes.

We must protect our homeowners from this kind of fraud and abuse.

Thank you, Senator Jackie Collins and former Representative Karen Yarbrough, for your legislation to help people who are facing foreclosure. I will proudly sign your bill into law later this week.

In our Illinois, we do not forget about our hardest hit families during their time of need.

That’s why we’ve helped 6,550 families in 92 counties stay in their homes through our Hardest Hit program. And more than half a million families received counseling and other resources through the Illinois Foreclosure Prevention Network that I launched last year.

But there’s much more to do. We want to help more families in the year to come.

A fair shake for consumers also means protection from unfair rates and practices by big utility companies.

Thirty years ago, I spearheaded a referendum campaign which created the Illinois Citizens Utility Board, our watchdog over the utility giants. Since then, CUB has reduced utility rate hikes and won billions of dollars in refunds for consumers.

Now more than ever, we need a strong Citizens Utility Board and a strong Illinois Commerce Commission.

That’s why I’m nominating a proven advocate for the public interest, Miguel del Valle, to serve on the Illinois Commerce Commission. Thanks for your service, Miguel.

ETHICS

In our Illinois, government belongs to the people, not to the office holders.

Citizens should be able at all times to trust their elected officials.

Four years ago, Illinois was the Wild West of campaign fundraising.

And it showed.

We had a corrupt governor removed from office and headed to prison, and another already in prison, both for fundraising abuses. This was not our Illinois.

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