Statement on Gov. Rauner's February 17 Budget Address


February 17, 2016 | Chicago, IL

Today in Springfield Governor Bruce Rauner presented his second annual budget address since taking office in January of last year. The governor continued to talk about reform, stressing the importance of cultivating a pro-business environment in Illinois. And while we applaud Gov. Rauner for pledging to prioritize funding for early childhood and K-12 education—through an appropriation, if necessary—we are urging him to immediately begin working with the General Assembly on a comprehensive, fully funded budget.

Illinois Capitol

Gov. Bruce Rauner gave his annual budget address in Springfield on Feb 17. PHOTO: MEAGAN DAVIS [CC BY-SA 3.0], WIKIMEDIA COMMONS

The state of Illinois is now in its eighth month without a budget, a stark reality we cannot ignore. And while federal courts have mandated that many of the state’s operations continue to receive funding even without a budget, our most vulnerable people—low-income children and families, seniors, immigrants, people with disabilities—and the human service agencies who support them have suffered gravely as a result of the impasse.

The health and wellbeing of our state has been held hostage by a political agenda, and this is simply unacceptable. It is time for the impasse to end. The people of Illinois need a fair, balanced budget that draws on new sources of revenue to invest in our communities.

Celena Roldán, Executive Director
Kirstin Chernawsky, Interim Associate Executive Director

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