102517 0876 rSenator Don Harmon (D-Oak Park) released the following statement in response to Gov. Bruce Rauner’s State of the State address today:

“Everything the governor said today is empty rhetoric if he breaks the promise he just made and again next month fails to present a balanced budget.

“The more the governor speaks, the more obvious it is that he is living in an alternate reality. He talks about working together across the aisle, when his refusal to compromise on a balanced budget tripled our state’s debt and left us on the brink of disaster.

“He talked again about decreasing property taxes. In reality, the only way to provide tax relief for middle-class families without causing more financial damage is to move to a fair tax system, something I’ve never heard the governor support.

“I hope Governor Rauner joins us in reality next month when he presents his budget address. If not, we will have to do his job for him again.”