Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn says he wants to overhaul the state's tax structure to ease burdens on the poor and work on a scholarship initiative for students.
Quinn says if giant banks can get billions of dollars in bailout money, students and the poor should also be helped.
The Chicago Democrat offered no specifics Friday in an approximately 15 minute address at the headquarters for the Rev. Jesse Jackson's Rainbow/PUSH coalition.
Quinn says he will give further details at his budget address next month.
More than a hundred business leaders and members of the clergy attended the event.
Quinn took office Jan. 29 when former Gov. Rod Blagojevich was removed from office, leaving a budget deficit estimated at nearly $9 billion.