State of the States
State of the States: Illinois
Gov. Pat Quinn (D)
Date of Speech: Jan. 29
Illinois needs a new "birth to 5" initiative that would provide more access to early-learning programs, connect expectant mothers with prenatal care, and expand home-visiting programs and community partnerships, Gov. Pat Quinn said in his State of the State speech.
The Democratic chief executive, who is seeking re-election this year, argued that for every dollar spent on early-childhood education, the state can expect a return of more than $7. Gov. Quinn also cited a $45 million state investment in early-education centers in high-need areas.
In his speech, the governor also highlighted the state's "comprehensive pension reform" to reduce Illinois' long-term liabilities, although the changes to the pension system have angered public-employee unions in the state.
Vol. 33, Issue 20, Page 20