Among his topics, he spoke at length about the employment – or unemployment – situation in the Land of Lincoln. As the state continues to have a higher-than-national-average unemployment rate of around 9 percent, Quinn is calling for a minimum wage of $10 per hour which would be an approximate 20 percent increase in wages.
Quinn also said that no person working 40 hours a week should be living at the poverty level. While this is true, fewer and fewer employees are giving that many hours to their employees as they are trying to stay at or below the Obamacare (Affordable Care Act) threshold of 30 hours per week.
Besides the talk of jobs and workers’ paychecks, Quinn spoke on other issues including education and the state’s concerns with the pension fund.
During this speech, Quinn's fifth such address to his constituents in the state, he attempted to tout his efforts at job creation and other measures in which he feels he has been successful. As predicted, Quinn's speech sounded much like a campaign speech as he is only a little more than a year away from primary season in regard to the next gubernatorial election in Illinois and already has two popular politicians talking about possibly running against him. Those two politicians are Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan and President Barack Obama's former chief of staff Bill Daley - former Mayor Richard M. Daley's brother.
In a recent poll, Quinn was rated as the United States governor to have the lowest approval rating among all 50 governors in the United States. His biggest criticism was the tax measure he put in place a year ago when he increased state taxes by 67 percent during a lame duck session in the Illinois Congress - shortly after winning the election.