UPDATE: Quinn To Push For Early Education Funding

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) -- Gov. Pat Quinn is expected to push for more early childhood education funding in his annual State of the State Address.

The governor's office says Quinn will call for a more "comprehensive approach" to education in Illinois during his speech on Wednesday. That includes increasing access to prenatal care.

The information was first reported by the Chicago Sun-Times.

The Illinois State Board of Education is asking lawmakers for a $25 million increase in early childhood education next year. But funding could be scarce. That's because a scheduled rollback of the state's temporary income tax may mean cuts for schools and social services.

The speech comes as Quinn faces re-election.

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) -- Gov. Pat Quinn's annual State of the State address will focus partly on the state's business climate with the Chicago Democrat calling for a new position in his office that'll focus on advocating for small business.

The advocate will advise Quinn on issues and help start and grow businesses.

Quinn's annual address is Wednesday. He's said he'll talk about jobs and economic growth, among other issues.

He'll also call for reducing a filing fee for creating a limited liability company to $39 from its current fee of $500, which is among the highest in the nation.

Quinn's aides say that he'll propose legislation intended to reduce Illinois' fee to the lowest in the nation. The idea is to make it easier for small businesses to start.

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) -- Gov. Pat Quinn is set to address Illinois lawmakers and statewide office holders when he gives his State of the State speech at noon, but political experts say his most critical audience is voters.

Quinn's speech is scheduled for noon Wednesday in Springfield.

It's his second time giving one during an election year, and all of the candidates running for governor are expected to listen in person.

David Yepsen is the director of the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute at Southern Illinois University. He says Quinn will have a difficult re-election, that his job approval ratings are low and that he needs to say something to help his bid.

Quinn is expected to talk about raising the minimum wage, expanding a water project and possibly a new capital construction program.

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