Wheeler Relieved to See More Agreement in Springfield, Job Not Done Though

State Representative Barbara Wheeler (R-Crystal Lake) expressed relief for a second time in recent weeks after another stopgap measure passed the Illinois House of Representatives to fund vital human services programs.

“As I said a few weeks ago when we passed the higher education funding measure, this stopgap for human services shows what we can accomplish when we put aside the partisan wrangling and let common sense prevail,” said Wheeler. “That being said, this funding agreement is by no means an answer to our financial problems.”

As with the funds used from the Education Assistance Fund for the higher education stopgap measure, the funds used in this bill, Amendment to Senate Bill 2038, have previously been set aside for human services and will not add to Illinois’ current bill backlog. The funds used are from the Commitment to Human Services Fund and other state funds, not the General Revenue Fund.

Wheeler did also say, “This is not a solution, the job won’t be done until we create a comprehensive, constitutional and balanced budget.”