Three Republican state lawmakers from the Peoria area agree that democratic Gov. Pat Quinn's State of the State address was basically a campaign speech.
State Rep. Mike Unes (R-East Peoria) called it "too political."
"There's no question that this is an election year, and Governor Quinn is trying to shore up his base as he runs for reelection," said Unes. "He talked about a lot of feel-good issues, but I didn't hear solutions of how to grow our way out of the mess we're in."
Unes says the speech glossed over the fact that Illinois has unpaid bills, owes money to schools, and has high unemployment. He wishes the governor would have set out a specific plan for the state budget.
Meanwhile, Deputy House Minority Leader David Leitch (R-Peoria) says Quinn focused too much on growing the government.
"Illinois is broke. I wish one day soon we would hear a message about unleashing private sector growth, not more government. The state is suffocating growth by incompetent regulation, high taxes, and burdensome work rules. Our state must grow out of this mess," said Leitch.
Leitch says did praise Quinn for pointing out that the pension reform plan passed last month will help Illinois address its budget woes.
And while Gov. Quinn has probably never been compared to Bill Murray, State Sen. Darin LaHood (R-Dunlap) compared the speech to Murray's classic movie "Groundhog Day." He said it was more of the same rhetoric that ignored the several problems Illinois faces.
"His rhetoric doesn't match the reality," LaHood said.
LaHood says while Quinn repeats himself, more people, money, and businesses leave the state.
Quinn, who's running for reelection in November, delivered the annual speech Wednesday afternoon in Springfield.