U.S. Congressman Jerry Costello (D-IL) issued the following statement in response to President Obama's State of the Union address tonight:
"The President hit on themes that I have worked for my entire congressional career: creating and keeping good-paying jobs in the U.S., investing in our transportation infrastructure and maximizing our domestic energy sources -- particularly coal - to reduce our reliance on foreign sources of oil. His focus on the economy and his call for keeping the promise of the American Dream alive should resonate, particularly his emphasis on accountability for Wall Street and tax fairness.
"While we are not where we want to be yet economically, we are seeing some positive economic signs -- American manufacturing is increasing, we have added 3.2 million private sector jobs over the last two years and the unemployment rate has come down in recent months. Targeted investments that develop the skills of our workers and make our economy more efficient will build on this progress. I have been a part of Congresses that worked together and got things done for the good of the country. We can do it again, and I look forward to spending my last year in Congress in pursuit of these goals."