SPRINGFIELD… State Representative Mike Marron (R-Fithian) today released the following statement on Governor Pritzker’s State of the State address:
“While we appreciate that Governor J.B. Pritzker signaled his support for a small number of the Republican ethics reform proposals, I believe there is more that needs to be done to root out corruption in state government once and for all.
We have seen elected officials arrested, indicted and resign due to alleged involvement in criminal activities. We must enact stricter ethics reforms to keep our state’s elected officials in check. I truly hope the Governor’s rhetoric on corruption will result in the passage of meaningful ethics reforms this Session.
Currently, Speaker Madigan and the Democrat majority are able to draw their own legislative districts every ten years following the Census. With the Census now upon us, Illinois lawmakers will be determining how the next legislative maps will look beginning in 2022.
There is a fair map proposal (SJRCA 4/HJRCA 15) that has received bipartisan support, but we have yet to hear Governor Pritzker or Speaker Madigan say whether they support that proposal. I believe that politicians should not be able to choose their own constituent. We must change the system to ensure fair representation and the people should have a voice on the fair maps amendment in the November 2020 election.
With our state’s terrible outmigration problem, we need to do everything we can to lower our property tax burden and create jobs so our communities can thrive. Skyrocketing property taxes hurt everyone across the board throughout the state, and Illinoisans deserve real relief.
“If we work together in a bipartisan way and compromise – just like we did last year to pass a balanced budget, job-creating reforms, and historic investments in our state’s infrastructure – I know we can tackle our state’s sky-high property tax problem. I look forward to working together this Session to get the job done.”