Rep. Kay Hatcher Calls Gov. Quinn's Priorities Misplaced

Hatcher, a Yorkville Republican, reacts to Quinn's state of the state address.

Rep. Kay Hatcher of Yorkville said Gov. Pat Quinn's Feb. 6 State of the State speech showed misplaced priorities.

Hatcher, , said the governor failed to address the state's most-serious problems of high unemployment, financial insolvency and pension reform.

Instead, Hatcher said the governor focused on social issues, such as gun control, legalization of gay marriage and raising the state's minimum wage to $10 an hour.

“With billions in unpaid bills, an unprecedented one billion dollar pension payment looming and families throughout the state looking for work, what we needed to hear today was the governor’s vision for stabilizing our economy and creating opportunity. What we heard instead was his wish list on a variety of social issues,” Hatcher said said in a press release.

Hatcher said the governor sounded as if he was giving a campaign speech that offered "a little something for everyone" rather than laying out plans for the state's long-term health.

“House Republicans have put forward a variety of proposals to promote jobs and economic growth. I hope that in the coming months the governor will choose to work with us on creating economic stability for our families first,” Hatcher said.

Hatcher represents the 50th House District, which includes Kendall County. She wass a former member of the Oswego School Board and the Kendall County Baoard.

Skully February 08, 2013 at 03:20 PM
Most small business have people on minimum wage,when wages go up profit goes down and prices have to go up. This state like others has to many people on goverment programs and not enough taxpayers. The past and presant politicians gave away to many pork projects to the connected campaign donors. The politicians respone is always the same RAISE TAXES or invent more fee's on things. They want .25 cents on gym shoes what's next Where is the outrage about high gas prices like they did when (oilman) President Bush was in office. IMHO I think gas prices stay high because the states need/want the tax money
ayar February 08, 2013 at 04:19 PM
Okay, let's start on a couple of points: (1) why did we privatize a money-maker in our state ? yes, I'm talking about the Lottery system. If we took it back [which would quickly employ people to run it], and took a bigger percentage out, we could put that money back into paying bills (2) employment: one of the biggest biggest biggest problems today is overseas outsourcing. It seems to me it's a good source for tax revenue - yes, tax companies that employ people overseas to do the job. Put the money into our educational system to hire more teachers, and pay some of those pensions that were tapped once too often down. Oh that's right, that's common sense. Never mind....
Pat Stiles February 08, 2013 at 04:43 PM
I think the thing that is getting old is all the finger pointing. I have yet to see anyone stand up in Springfield and say this is wrong, this needs to stop now. Dems blame Repulicans, everyone blames Madigan. Is this really how democracy works. I don't care if your a Dem. or Rep. you are elected to represent the people not your party. The system is not designed to have one man in power. So quit using excuses as our state and childrens future go down the drain. We are the laughing stock of the country, and no one seems to want to change it. The hole keeps getting bigger everyday. Cut pay and pensions to legislators and see how fast things get done. In fact lead by example and reform yourself first. The problem is the appathy of us taxpayers who just keep voting these people back in office. They know how weak our voices are, and that they are untouchable. That is why they just keep kicking it down the road. Pension reform for politicians and term limits would be a great start. The only legislation that is being passed is the honoring of this person or honoring that person. Reminds me of the participation baby syndrome. Point being this problem is not going away. And you have to live in a cave if you don't think we as taxpayers are going to pay through the nose to fix what Springfield has created.
Six of One February 09, 2013 at 03:09 AM
The government actually taking the money themselves to redistribute, or just forcing the private sector to pay more for services than their worth in order to redistribute wealth, is a distinction without a difference.
newbie February 09, 2013 at 08:25 PM
the state should raise the minimum wage to $10.00 since most companies have lowered their pay to about that level as well as their benefits beginning in 1983 ! Without a forced stop gap most employers would pay the $2.00hr if they could legally! It's a crying shame that the government has to force employers to pay their workers!!! We all know pension reform is needed but every politician is scared to be the one to say publicly, and do what really needs done! who would be the one to tell a 90 yr. old school teacher that her $20,000 A YEAR HAS BEEN CUT?? Now- how about every retiree after 2000 take a 50% cut and those still working do the same?Neither party wants to really put their foot down so they'll blame the govenor, for both parties failure to lead!!


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