Almost exactly three years ago to this day, I took the oath of office at this podium during one of the darkest moments in history. One former governor was in jail. Another was under arrest, impeached and removed from office. Both my predecessors had disgraced themselves and brought profound embarrassment to the people of our state.
At the same time, our entire nation was in the throes of a massive economic crisis, caused by disgraceful conduct and greed on Wall Street. Our large and small businesses were reeling. Our automakers were in dire straits. Across Illinois, families were losing their jobs, losing their homes, watching their savings disappear.
We were off course and adrift, lacking leadership, and weighed down by a culture of corruption.
-- Illinois Governor Pat Quinn, State of the State address, 1 February 2012