Gov. Quinn Delivers 5th State of the State Address

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) -- Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn's fifth State of the State address focused on Quinn's successes on job creation, spending cuts and help for veterans.

Prepared remarks from Wednesday's speech made only scattered references to the state's massive deficit in funding its public pension system. But a need for solving the $96 billion problem ran as an undercurrent throughout the address.

The Democrat's annual State of the State address called for a tough new law banning lawmakers' votes on issues where they have a conflict of interest.

It also renewed a plea for a ban on sales of military-style assault weapons and wants county officials to better report mental health records of potential gun owners.

Quinn also sought a 20 percent minimum-wage increase -- to $10 an hour.


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