SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – State Rep. Fran Hurley, D-Chicago, issued the following statement following Comptroller Leslie Munger’s announcement that she would delay processing the paychecks of Illinois’ elected officials.
“I absolutely support the decision to delay processing the paychecks for elected officials. It’s past time that the comptroller realized the countless needs going unmet across the state.
“I think state officials should lead by example and that’s why I haven’t cashed my paycheck since this impasse began. I’ll continue to withhold my pay for the remainder of the 2016 fiscal year or until a budget compromise is reached. As the conversations begin to craft a solution for Fiscal Year 2017, I’ll continue to be open to working with my colleagues from both sides of the aisle both on the floor of the House and on the Appropriations General Services committee where I am a member to find a compromise.
“As long as school districts continue wondering when their next payment will arrive, seniors aren’t able to get the in-home meals they depend on and women across the state don’t have access to the breast and cervical cancer testing they need, it’s irresponsible to prioritize salaries for state leaders. I hope this move from the comptroller helps bring the sense of urgency to pass a budget that exists in the rest of Illinois to the Capitol building.”