Gov. JB Pritzker delivered the State of the State address emphasizing a need for ethics reform in the wake of an ongoing federal investigation which resulted in a guilty plea on bribery and tax fraud charges from former Democratic state Sen. Martin Sandoval.
The governor laid out broad policy goals in the speech urging clean energy reforms and a focus on education, job training, infrastructure and what he calls a “fairer” tax system.
Pritzker pointed to job growth and a declining number of opioid-related overdose deaths as indicators of success in the state. He also praised measures legalizing marijuana, raising the age to buy tobacco products to 21, and expanding the number of new Illinois State Troopers.
Read the full text of the Governor’s speech here.