Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner gave his second annual State of the State today before members of the Illinois General Assembly.

Illinois State Representative Charlie Meier (R-Okawville) released the following statement:

“Today the Governor unveiled a plan to turn Illinois’ economy around and make us more competitive with other states.  If we want to properly fund education and services for our most needy citizens we have to get our economy to bounce back.  I’m also looking forward to tackling important issues this session such as property tax relief and eliminating burdensome government mandates. We’ve got a lot of work to do and I’m happy that the Governor has left the door open to work with Democrats to bring about real reforms.”
State Representative Charlie Meier (R-Okawville) is encouraging constituents to sign up for email renewal notices for license plate stickers.

With the state still lacking a budget, the Illinois Secretary of State (SOS) has ceased mailing out license plate renewal notices in order to save funds.  Fortunately, the SOS has created an email notification system to alert drivers that their license plate stickers must be renewed.
With only a few days’ notice, Illinois House Speaker Mike Madigan (D-Chicago) cancelled House session scheduled the week of January 11, delaying the first session of the New Year until January 27. The session cancellation was disappointing news to State Representative Charlie Meier (R-Okawville).

According to Rep. Meier, “when you have a sick cow you have to treat it, not wait for a couple more weeks. State government is on life support, delaying session another two weeks is not the solution to making state government healthy again.”

The State of Illinois has continued to operate without a state budget since July 1, 2015, which leads Rep. Meier to believe there is no urgency from Chicago Speaker Mike Madigan to reach an agreement with Governor Rauner on a balanced budget.

Rep. Meier added, “It may be a new year, however old school Chicago politics is live and well in the Illinois legislature. Delaying session sends a message that the Speaker is in no rush to pass a balanced budget in 2016. I am ready to go back to work every day this year until we reach an agreement on a budget that is balanced.”