SPRINGFIELD, Ill. –State Rep. Camille Lilly, D-Chicago, issued the following statement after voting for a stopgap measure that will allow the state to continue funding critical programs and ensure that schools open on time this fall.
“I supported this measure because it will provide much needed relief to the people of Illinois. For far too long we have operated without a fair and balanced budget for our citizens, students and most vulnerable among us. While I’m glad we were finally able to work together in this area, it is simply ridiculous that it took so long to get this far.”
“This stopgap measure addresses several areas that are of great concern, which grow increasingly urgent with each passing day. The measure ensures that our schools will receive full state funding and open on time; universities and financial assistance institutions will also open on time, guaranteeing students can continue their education. The bill also addresses critical social service programs that have been ignored or cut since last January, such as breast cancer screenings, rape crises centers, in-home care for the elderly, and assistance for children with disabilities.”
“As we continue to work towards a resolution to this budget crisis, I will continue to act in the best interest of my district. None of us in the General Assembly should go home tonight thinking we’ve accomplished great things in the past two days for our constituents. We haven’t, and there is much more needed work to do in order to construct a true, fair and balanced budget that doesn’t leave out our most vulnerable population and places the state in a position to pay its bills.”
For more information, or to share your input on legislation, please contact Rep. Lilly’s constituent service office at (773) 473-7300.
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