Bruce Rauner, Governor

State Links Skip to Content Skip to State Links

 Health & Safety
 Family & Home
 About Illinois

Stay Informed

Your Government

Illinois Flag Honors

Inspector General

 IGNN: State/All Press Release

The State of Illinois News page provides access to the Illinois Government News Network and all state press releases.

April 4, 2003

Statement by Gov. Rod R. Blagojevich on Senate approval of pension financing plan

Today’s vote is a big win for the people of Illinois. In a time when we are faced with the largest deficit in the state’s history, this is a major step toward solving our fiscal crisis and moving this state forward.

I want to thank the Democratic leaders in the General Assembly – Senate President Emil Jones and Speaker Michael Madigan – and House Minority Leader Tom Cross and our spirited colleagues across the aisle for their support in passing our pension bond financing plan. The willingness of Rep. Cross and Senate Minority Leader Frank Watson to allow their members to vote their conscience bodes well for the bipartisan cooperation we must have this spring to solve the budget crisis.

Throughout the process, it is has been my goal to balance the budget and protect our investments in education, health care and public safety, without raising the income or sales tax. Today’s vote will help us get there.


News Categories

 Governor's Office
 Lt. Governor's Office
 Economic Development
 Flag Honors
 Health/Human Services
 Opportunity Returns

News Resources

 Search the News
 IIS Radio News
 RSS News Feeds
 e-News Subscriptions
 Communications Office
 Privacy Statement


Sign up for an e-news subscription
Copyright © 2017 State of Illinois Site Map | Illinois Privacy Info | Kids Privacy | Web Accessibility | Contact Us