SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – State Rep. Linda Chapa LaVia, D-Aurora, issued the following statement Thursday after voting to override the governor’s veto of a bipartisan, balanced budget:
“Today I stood with Republicans and Democrats and voted to end the budget crisis and put our state back on track. It was clear that the governor had abandoned responsible negotiation and was more concerned about his re-election than solving the crisis he created. We needed to take action, and we needed to take action now.
“With today’s vote, we can make sure that schools open, seniors receive lifesaving care and cancer patients get the treatments they need. This was a positive step forward to show that our state is serious about getting its finances in order and avoiding a credit downgrade that would cost taxpayers billions.
“Nearly $3 billion in state bureaucracy was cut by this budget, which spends less than the unbalanced proposal from the governor. While Governor Rauner had admitted that new revenue would be needed for a final budget, I worked to ensure that this package had tax credits for middle-class families and closed corporate loopholes for businesses that have rigged the system.
“It was going to take a bipartisan solution to solve this impasse, and the package we passed did just that. Too many individuals were recklessly hurt by this manufactured crisis, but today we can move on. It will take time to heal the wounds, but I am ready to do all that is necessary to move our state forward.”