By: Christine Souders
Illinois' Governor Pat Quinn answered some big questions concerning folks living on the Illinois side of the river, and it helped give Quad Citians a better idea of the state of our state.
What's going to happen with pension reform? or what are about jobs for veterans?
Monday afternoon, the Governor answered these questions and more during a Q & A luncheon in Rock Island, and laid out his ideas to solve state problems.
"What else are you supporting for veterans across the state and how we can create jobs?" asked Alan Kruse during the State of the State Luncheon.
Governor Pat Quinn said he is working to find funding to provide help with housing and education for veterans.
But job growth is number one priority across the state.
"We have a lot to do, but I think the work and skill, and education of the workers here, if we invest in them they'll get the job done," said Gov. Quinn.
The nearly $100 billion dollar pension cloud looming over state lawmakers was also a key concern for people like retired state trooper Dennis Demaught.
"I have elderly parents to take care of, I have kids, and college bills, just like everybody else does. If you had your pay cut in half automatically, what would that do to you?" said Demaught.
But Quinn said he doesn't think either bills will work.
"The bills that passed each house. I think neither of them are going to be the final design. We can do this, everyone might get a haircut, but no one is going to be scalped , whether it's the workers or anyone else."
After his 20 minute speech, and Q & A, the Governor toured Rock Island Arsenal.
Quinn said he wants to bring more manufacturing jobs to the Quad Cities.