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266892 MARCH 1930



January 4th, 1869. To the General Assembly :

An indulgent Providence continues to bless our Nation and State with health, peace and prosperity. Our acknowledgments are first due to that God who presides over all nations and peoples.

You are again summoned by our constitution to the delicate and arduous duties of legislation, to carefully consider those questions of domestic concern which more immediately affect us in our relations as citizens of the State of Illinois. Freshi from your constituencies, intrusted with their powers, and bearing to the Capital of the State their confidence and trust, it is pleasant to meet and share with you the responsibilities of government, and the anxieties ever attendant upon the efforts of those who earnestly seek the prosperity of the people and the common weal of the State.

Custom has made it the rule for the Executive to give to the General Assembly information of the state of the government at the commencement of each legislative session. No General A?embly ever met under more favorable auspicesLooking back over the four years that have passed since, by the generous confi dence of the people, I was honored with the administration of the executive department of the State government, one unbroken chain of general and reasonable prosperity marks the whole period of our history and progressive march up to the commencement of the present year.

Geographically, we hold a most important position in the National Union; are interlocked between the lakes and great rivers of the northwest; have a varied and healthy climate ; timber and prairie beautifully blended over a deep, rich, exhaustless soil, cultivated with the best of grains, grasses and vegetables, underlaid with quarries of valuable stone, and enriched with beds of bituminous coal, the exacting demands of an industrious people can never consume. Two millions and a half of men, women and children have found happy homes here. An active, intelligent and desirable population is steadily pouring into our State. Wealth of every variety is accumulating upon our hands, honest industry receives a fair reward, and the hours of toil are lessened by the law and the less rigorous demands of a more enlightened age. Agriculture, commerce, manufactures and mining, that lay at the base of our prosperity, and give employment to our energetic people, were never more flourishing, and never rewarded with more liberal

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