Illinois Working Together Statement on the State of the State Address


Wednesday January 25, 2017
Contact: Jake Lewis, Illinois Working Together

SPRINGFIELD — Illinois Working Together Co-Chairs Michael Carrigan and Jorge Ramirez released the following statement in response to Gov. Bruce Rauner’s State of the State address:

“The state of the state is worse now than when Gov. Rauner took office and it’s his fault. He is forcing the people of Illinois to pay a heavy price for his obstructionism. His obsession with getting a pound of flesh from working families before signing a budget is unconscionable.” – Illinois Working Together Co-Chair and Illinois AFL-CIO President Michael Carrigan

“After more than two years in office, Gov. Rauner has failed in his most basic responsibility as governor: introducing a balanced budget. Rauner’s failure has triggered draconian cuts that have harmed students, seniors, working families, and the Illinois economy. The only thing worse than the chaos the governor has inflicted on Illinois would be the devastation caused by enacting the Rauner agenda.” - Illinois Working Together Co-Chair and Chicago Federation of Labor President Jorge Ramirez

“We call on the governor to drop his agenda once and for all and work collaboratively to begin to reverse the harm he has caused to our state. The way to move Illinois forward is by raising wages, making the wealthiest and big corporations pay their fair share, fully funding schools, and ensuring a secure retirement for all working people in our state. Hardworking families in Illinois simply cannot afford another two years of hostage-taking and bullying from the governor.” - Illinois Working Together Co-Chairs Michael Carrigan and Jorge Ramirez

Illinois Working Together released a pre-State of the State video asking working people what they thought the state of Illinois was under Gov. Rauner. Click here to view the video.


About Illinois Working Together
Illinois Working Together is a coalition defending all working families from anti-worker attacks. Illinois Working Together believes that Governor Rauner's wrong priorities seek to harm hardworking families and communities throughout Illinois while protecting the wealthiest. The Coalition's goal is to stand up and fight back against the governor's political attacks and threats - and protect the vital services all Illinoisans rely on. It is time to get Illinois working together.

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