Statement: House Takes First Difficult Step to Save Illinois

"Today, the Illinois House of Representatives took its first steps toward working with Gov. Rauner in repairing Illinois’ fiscal catastrophe. Gov. Rauner inherited a fiscal year 2015 budget from former Gov. Quinn that was out of balance by $1.6 billion requiring immediate action to save necessary services.

By passing legislation today, we ensure that the state will be able to provide essential funding for child care services and prevent payroll shortfalls, while also keeping our prisons and courtrooms open. Although, the most important part of this legislation is that it saves funding for our states most vulnerable, the mentally ill and developmentally disabled.

I have said before that the next couple years will be difficult, but tough decisions will need to be made."

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