Quinn to talk about water project in yearly speech

SPRINGFIELD – Extending a water program will be one topic Gov. Pat Quinn addresses in his upcoming State of the State speech.

The Springfield bureau of Lee Enterprises newspapers reported Sunday that the Chicago Democrat will announce a $1 billion extension of a loan program that’s designed to upgrade water old systems.

Quinn first announced the program in 2012 when officials say Illinois had one of the largest backlogs of drinking water repairs in the nation.

The state has received about 91 applications worth more than $1 billion in requests. Cities that have or will receive loans include Bloomington-Normal and Clinton.

Quinn already has said he’ll focus on jobs and issues affecting the middle class during his annual address in Springfield on Wednesday. The speech comes as he faces re-election.