SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) – Several Republicans considering runs for the 2014 governor’s race have criticized Gov. Pat Quinn’s State of the State address for a lack of specifics and little attention to Illinois’ strained finances.
State Sen. Bill Brady of Bloomington says Quinn failed to mention the backlog of unpaid bills. Brady says Quinn should have focused more on jobs.
Sen. Kirk Dillard of Hinsdale says Quinn should have talked more about job creation and addressed the nearly $100 billion pension problem.
Quinn cast pensions as the “toughest of issues” but didn’t mention it heavily.
Brady and others say Quinn’s roughly 40 minute speech sounded like a campaign-style address focusing on positives.
In a statement, Congressman Aaron Schock says Quinn failed to show leadership.
Quinn has said he’ll seek re-election next year.
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