SPRINGFIELD- State Senator Michael E. Hastings (D-Tinley Park) issued the following statement after the governor delivered his State of the State address on Wednesday morning:

“Starting his speech by attacking hardworking union men and women in the south suburbs was inappropriate. I believe a leader should unite the people rather than divide them. Our state is struggling right now. From our universities to social services, we are at the brink of collapse. We need to come together as leaders across the state to ensure that we are able to function as a government.

There were a few positives that came out of today’s speech, initiatives I have been advocating for. One of the initiatives is the modernization of the state’s IT infrastructure. This will enable us to save money and streamline processes. The next was increasing partnerships between high schools and community colleges allowing for more job training and enabling high school students to step into better careers.

I am and always will be committed to working towards solutions to improve our great state and more committed to working with those who want to do the same.”