Gov. Pat Quinn was the featured speaker at the McLean County Democratic Party’s annual “Honoring the Roosevelts” dinner, which was held at 4 p.m. on Sunday.
The dinner took place in the Bone Student Center’s Prairie Room; tickets were $50.
Quinn spoke about the importance of four-year universities, saying: “Our four-year public universities, like this one, that’s really the strength of our economy.”
Quinn discussed his dissatisfaction with high student debt and pushed for an improved monetary assistance program. He hopes to double the scholarship program in the next five years.
Big goals, but he went even further and restated his goal to raise the minimum wage in Illinois. “You shouldn’t have to work 40 hours a week and live in poverty,” Quinn said.
He also spoke of his potential opponents in the next election and stated that he is ready to face the Republicans in November.
Meanwhile, the McLean County GOP met on Saturday in Bloomington for the Lincoln Reagan Day Luncheon to plan their own elections, hoping to oust Quinn.
Candidates include Sen. Bill Brady and Sen. Kirk Dillard, as well as Bruce Rauner and Dan Rutherford, who did not attend.
Lt. Gov. candidate and spokesperson of Rauner, Evelyn Sanguinetti, and Dillard’s running mate, Jil Tracy, both echoed Quinn’s call for improved funding for college students.
Brady and Dillard both focused on tax reforms and stressed the need to nominate a candidate who can beat Quinn in the general election.
Students are encouraged to stay updated on local politics and vote in the next election on March 18.