AURORA, Ill. – In an effort to keep vital services funded, State Rep. Linda Chapa-LaVia, D-Aurora, voted to pass a Lifeline Budget which will keep agencies and universities afloat until a comprehensive budget is passed.
“This is commonsense public policy,” said Chapa LaVia. “Real people in Illinois with real issues are being put on the line each and every day, we have to take steps to ensure their security.”
The Lifeline Budget uses funds that are unused at this time. These funds will go to ensure services like Meals on Wheels, resources for domestic violence victims, cervical and breast cancer screenings, can all still function. Chapa LaVia understands this is not a substitute for a full balanced budget, but sees it as a means to an end until the Governor does his job and proposes a balanced budget.
“We have to keep our communities safe and healthy,” said Chapa LaVia. “This Lifeline isn’t going to fix all of our problems here in Illinois, however, it will ensure that the problems won’t get any worse.”