SPRINGFIELD—Today Governor JB Pritzker presented his annual State of the State address to the General Assembly. State Representative Dan Ugaste (R-Geneva) released the following statement in response:
“Today the Governor expressed his support for the ethics reform proposals brought forward by our caucus, and I am pleased to support that effort. The culture of corruption has infiltrated our government and has impeded our progress for growth for far too long. Only real ethics reform will steer us forward, restore the public trust in government and allow us to work through our state’s many fiscal challenges.
Last year we made one stride forward in helping our taxpayers with a pension consolidation effort. This year we need to go further. Our pension systems are complex and will require bipartisan work to find the right solution—but it’s one that our taxpayers and businesses deserve. We cannot afford to lose any more of them.”