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Statement from Gov. Rod R. Blagojevich in anticipation of President Bush's State of the Union address          Send a link to a friend

(Text copied from file provided by the Illinois Office of Communication and Information)

[JAN. 22, 2007]  Statement released Sunday from Gov. Rod R. Blagojevich:

"As President Bush prepares to address the nation and outline his plans to move our country in the right direction, I will be listening carefully to hear how he will support states like Illinois as we take action to help and protect working and middle class families that are too often forgotten by their government.

"States are leading the charge to expand access to affordable health care for families who earn too much for public programs, but can't afford private coverage. We've already extended access to all children in Illinois, and will soon announce our plans for extending access to every Illinoisan. How will the federal government support those efforts?

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"Last year the President said it was time to end America's addiction to foreign oil. Here in Illinois, we're embarking on an aggressive and comprehensive effort to use our own resources -- like corn, soybeans and coal -- to meet half of our energy needs by 2017. The federal government can and should play a major role in helping plans like ours become a reality.

"And while the war in Iraq wages on, and the President prepares to increase the United States' presence in the Middle East, I want to hear how he will ensure that the National Guard has the equipment and resources it needs to fulfill its crucial security and emergency response obligations here at home."

[News release from the governor's office]

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