CHICAGO (AP) -- Outgoing Gov. Pat Quinn says Illinois’ economy is “significantly stronger” and unemployment has dropped during his tenure.
The Chicago Democrat released a statement Tuesday highlighting fiscal and economic improvements since he took office in 2009. It came ahead of a planned afternoon speech at the City Club of Chicago. Quinn has previously used the venue to float new ideas tied to the state budget or pension crisis, but the statement hinted that he’d address legacy.
Among other things, Quinn pointed to a capital bill he says laid the groundwork for 400,000 jobs in the state.
In his final week in office, Quinn is calling lawmakers to Springfield to consider a special election to replace late Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka.
Republican Gov.-elect Bruce Rauner will be sworn into office on Monday.