We don’t need to look any further for examples of courage than our men and women in uniform.
Men like Sergeant Tyler Ziegel, a proud Marine who grew up in Metamora, Illinois.
On Christmas Eve 2004, Ty suffered massive and disfiguring injuries when a suicide bomber attacked near his vehicle in Iraq.
Like so many of his fellow Wounded Warriors, Ty fought back. He fought back through 59 surgeries and untold emotional scars to become an advocate for veterans and military families.
Last December, Sergeant Tyler Ziegel died in an accident. May his immortal soul rest in peace. He was a good Marine Semper Fi and a man I was proud to know.
If our service members can summon that kind of courage day after day, then surely we can summon political courage in the days to come.
With courage, hard is not impossible.
We are not a state we are not a people that shies away from hard things.
Not in the Land of Lincoln, that Illinoisan who showed the whole country and all posterity what’s possible when commitment and integrity are brought to bear.
Together, we can guide Illinois safely through this pension challenge that we face.
And we can continue to make our Illinois a reality.
An Illinois whose people and businesses prosper.
An Illinois which lives up to its proud history and which would make Abraham Lincoln himself proud.
An Illinois in which the will of the people is the law of the land.