What’s J.B. doing to keep me from leaving Illinois?

In his speech, did I miss Pritzker’s plan to solve such state problems as $137 billion in unfunded pension liabilities, $6.2 billion in back bills and a $3.2 billion budget deficit?

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Gov. J.B. Pritzker, delivering his annual State of the State address in Springfield on Jan. 29.

Gov. J.B. Pritzker, delivering his annual State of the State address in Springfield on Jan. 29.

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I understand Gov. J.B. Pritzker delivered his second State of the State address on Wednesday. Unfortunately, I was unable to watch it because I was at work, continuing to support an ever increasing tax burden.

But I read that the governor presented a rosy picture of his accomplishments, mentioning marijuana legalization and the expansion of legalized gambling, as well as making a vague reference to cracking down on public corruption.

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Did I miss Pritzker’s specific plan to solve such state problems as $137 billion in unfunded pension liabilities, $6.2 billion in back bills and a $3.2 billion budget deficit?

All of which, realistically, likely will mean more taxes.

This is not poor leadership, but an absolute lack of leadership.

I have lived in Illinois my entire 63 years and will be retiring soon. J.B., will you do what it takes to keep me from taking my money in retirement and moving to another state?

You can be certain that there are many like me.

John Bleyaert, Downers Grove

What’s with military garb at gun rally?

My instinct, as well as my reading of history, tell me that those armed-to-the-teeth civil libertarians who participated in a gun rally in Virginia last week won’t be showing up for rallies in favor of minority or women’s rights, or for the rights of the truly orphaned — those accused of crimes.

But these gun-toting advocatesof the Second Amendment are right about one thing; it’s not really the guns they carry that are scary but the hard looking expressions of hatred, anger and resentment on their often half or fullymasked faces as they march in military garb ready for war against their fellow citizens.

God help them, and us!

Robert G. Clarke, the Loop

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