Following Governor Pritzker’s State of the State Address, State Representative Tim Butler (R‑Springfield) issued the following statement:
“I was glad to hear the Governor acknowledge and show a willingness to take up some Republican ethics reform ideas. The irreparable damage being done to our state by inaction on this issue cannot be delayed any longer.
“However, if the Governor is really serious about addressing unethical behavior and corruption, then he needs take a strong stance in support of fair maps to finally put an end to gerrymandering. Nearly 3 out of 4 Illinoisans support fair maps and the census is underway, which means redistricting is on the way. He has publicly said he won’t sign a gerrymandered legislative map and supports fair maps. Now is the time to prove it.
“The main issue that I don’t think we heard enough substantive ideas about is addressing economic development and job growth downstate. The Governor likes to tout that he has been working hard to improve opportunities downstate, but the realities don’t match the words. Illinois’ outmigration has been felt most downstate, while the majority of opportunities have favored Chicago. Downstate has a wealth of resources to be our economic engine, but the Governor has to turn his talk into action to free up the potential of downstate.”