CHICAGO (AP) -- Illinois is middle of a budget crisis, but you wouldn't know it from listening to the first 45 minutes of Gov. Pat Quinn's State of the State speech.
It took Quinn that long on Wednesday to mention the state's massive deficit, which is expected to top $11 billion in the upcoming fiscal year.
Until then, Quinn's speech touched on everything from acrobats and soybeans to ethics and jobs.
Quinn's opponent in the Democratic primary was quick to pounce. Dan Hynes called the speech a lost opportunity to lead.
Republican candidates were just as critical. Kirk Dillard says Quinn clearly cannot lead the state.
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