The Chicagoist will be launching later but in the meantime please enjoy our archives.

State of the State, Budget Address by the Numbers

By Margaret Lyons in News on Feb 20, 2008 7:44PM

2008_2_20.blago2.jpgGovernor Blagojevich delivered his State of the State and budget address today. He wants to pass a capital bill based on privatizing the Illinois lottery, and says he has "three clear and achievable goals" for our state's economy: 1. "Invest in our infrastructure" 2. "Relief for families" and 3."Tax cuts for businesses."

As we comb through the speech (more later today or tomorrow), here's a breakdown of how many times Blago uttered these words:

  • Economics, economy, economists: 40
  • Families, family: 28
  • Tax, taxes: 24
  • Strengthen, strengthening: 19, (16 of which were strengthening the economy)
  • Business, businesses: 16
  • Cut, cuts, cutting: 16
  • Capital bill: 12
  • Money: 12
  • Good: 10
  • Infrastructure: 9
  • Health care: 8
  • Idea: 7
  • School, schools: 5
  • Chicago: 4, all in reference to the Olympics
  • Times are tough, tough times: 3