State Rep. Lance Yednock, D-Ottawa:
"Last spring, we were able to take a number of steps to put Illinois back on the right track, including a fairer tax system that will work for middle-class families, investing in new job training programs that help students learn technical skills, and passing a bipartisan, balanced budget that pays down old debt and puts more money into our local schools. We still have a lot more work to do, and Republicans and Democrats must continue to work together to continue the progress that we achieved last year. We must continue to pass bipartisan, balanced budgets that protect our most vulnerable citizens while paying down old debt. We also must continue to provide real tax relief for homeowners, and expand exemptions for seniors, the middle-class and our veterans. Finally, we have to crack down on corruption and build back the public’s confidence in government by regulating the behavior of legislators and lobbyists and closing loopholes in the system that are exploited."